Why I ride
For the 10th year in a row, I will be riding in the Courage Classic , as a member of the Wheels of Justice bicycling team, (and probably for the 10th year in a row, will be asking you for a donation). The money we raise directly benefits our pediatric cancer and blood disorders program at Children’s Hospital . The ride will be from July 20-21. Starting at Copper Mountain, over those two days, we ride anywhere from 120-150 miles ,over many mountain passes. Our team has been training for several months now and the camaraderie is very exciting . If you have a chance to either ride or volunteer in some way, I would encourage you to do so. Although I no longer camp out like I used to, I still try to push myself for a great cause. Last year I logged over 1000 miles on my bicycle.
Although I work with many excellent charities, the Courage Classic stands out because of all the good things it supports. We are doing great things in pediatric oncology and hematology. Many children and adolescents are being cured who would not have survived when I first started my career. New discoveries like “minimal residual disease”, “car T cells” and “monoclonal antibodies” are both improving the cure rates and decreasing long term side effects. On the hematology side of things, hemophilia patients who used to be wheelchair bound by the time they hit 40 are now playing sports and leading active lives. And as we make these advances ,it is important to provide emotional and psychological support to these patients and families so they are not only cured but will become productive adults. The money you donate goes directly to these great causes, all of it staying at the blood and cancer program at Children’s Hospital of Colorado . I personally guarantee it will be used well.
Many of you have been so generous in the past and it is almost too much to ask you to help out again. If you can support us in any way this year, we will be truly grateful