I ride my bike over steep tall mountains not for the fun or the freedom but to take a moment to truly understand, for a brief time, what a few hours is like for a patient with a heart transplant. These strong patients endure so much on a daily basis that's it's hard to wrap my brain around what he or she goes through on a daily basis. I ride to show them that each day is a beautiful new mountain pass filled with thrilling adventures just waiting to be conquered. These patients have such a great team around them who care deeply for them and work vigorously to make sure each patient has what they need to see a new mountain range, dip their toes in the ocean, or have an experience of a lifetime. Not only do I ride for the patients of Children's hospital but for the nurses and doctors who need all the tools necessary to go above and beyond for their patients. So yeah I will wear my tight shorts and ride my skinny tires to allow a patient to not think about their condition or worry about when they have to take their meds and for a little while have an opportunity to be Owen's cheerleader.
Owen was the recipient of a heart transplant when he was a baby. In his parents words "he is a blessing and a fighter, We had a bumpy road in the beginning but every little or big extra battle he had to fight, he did it perfectly with the help or all the nurses and doctors. Thanks for helping us to enjoy life with Owen"
To hear more about Owen please see his video