Why I ride
Ride or no ride, I still choose to honor Isla!
From Isla's Parents Ellie and Matt: "Isla was born a few weeks early, weighing just under 5 pounds. Luckily she was only in NICU for an hour and we were able to take her home within a week! Everything was fine until she was 4 months old, when she got a cold. It progressed quickly and her Pediatrician thought she might have pneumonia. We went to Children's Hospital thinking we'd be there for a day... but instead we were there for 5 weeks. Isla was diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension (PH), which is high blood pressure of the lungs. It is typically a progressive disease, and without treatment people only live for a few years after onset. With treatment, life is extended but often not much more. Isla came home on a continuous IV, oxygen, and too many medications to count. Medications caused pain or required regular blood draws, so Isla was poked and prodded a lot in her first year. With the diagnosis, hope of a normal life was stripped away."
2020 Update: Isla continues to thrive and is now a 1st grade grad and an expert ski bunny :). I will miss seeing her at the finish line this year but I know that it will only make future finish line reunions that much sweeter.
This will be the 7th year that I am priviledged to honor Isla. I continue to be deeply dedicated this Charity event. Isla is a miracle, that I got to witness (and still get to) with my very own eyes.
As with most things, this year's event is cancelled. What's not cancelled is the miracles that occur within the walls of Children's Hospital Colorado. Kids still require life-saving treatments from state of the art equipment. Your dollars go directly to the Heart Institute at CHC. Even without a ride, uphill battles still take place everday.
With your support, the Heart Institute at Children's Hospital Colorado can continue to help, treat and CURE kids like Isla. Donate today!
Thank you!!! ~Abbey