This year will be the 24th straight year participating in the Courage Classic to raise money for Children’s Hospital. I started riding with a team from my company and I did it for the physical challenge and to experience the event. When I realized the importance of this even to the hospital and got to know the staff, the volunteers and many of the kids who are patients, it became part of my life mission to support this wonderful place.
I ride to support my grandson, William, who is 7 years old and has Type 1 Diabetes. Children's Hospital helped when William was rushed there when he was barely 3 years old in critical condition, where they stabilized him and helped us get through the early days of, what will be, his life-long challenge.
And I ride to support the mission of the Summits for Samantha team. As a member of Summits for Samantha, we have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support the hospital.
Because of the funds we raise, the hospital is able to, not only keep the Mitochondrial Clinic open, but to expand the Mitochondrial research, treatment and clinical testing supporting children with the dreaded Mito disease, for which there is no cure today. Every 15 minutes a child is diagnosed with a mitochondrial deviation that will manifest by age ten. Mitochondria generate energy within muscle and organ cells, resulting in seizures, heart and liver issues, vision and hearing loss, muscle weakness, migraines, developmental delays and death.
Through the support of donors like you, we now have an international research presence in Colorado. We are now sponsoring a grant to fund research on the link between mitochondrial deviations and type one diabetes and other genetic disorders. We can only imagine what a breakthrough could mean!
Thank you so very, very much for your support!