Thank you so much for considering a contribution to my ride and to Children’s Hospital Colorado.
Being a young boy, I am a frequent flier in the Children’s Hospital Colorado Emergency Room. They have always taken the best care of me and made my stay as pleasant and painless as possible thanks to funding that comes from events like the Courage Classic. A children’s hospital is more than just a hospital. Anyone who has visited this beautiful, bright, colorful facility knows this. When I had my abdominal surgery at just four years-old, we had to do an inpatient night in the hospital. The spacious patient rooms allowed mom and dad to comfortably stay with me overnight and each floor has great activity rooms. When I woke from anesthesia, I was still groggy for hours but was so uncomfortable that I wanted to walk around. When I saw the game room, my jaw hit the floor. I said, “Dad! It’s like Chucky Cheese!!” Of course, it was much cleaner and the food was better, but it kept me happy for hours. The doctors, nurse and staff are wonderful too. In addition to being gifted in medicine, they are extraordinarily compassionate. When I had to have a colonoscopy, an anesthesiologist that I know, Dr. David, came in on his day off at my request so that I wouldn’t get scared when they started the anesthesia. I was so grateful.
The Courage Classic bicycle tour is awesome and I do the whole thing. Over 2,500 riders complete the 90-150 mile route. The teams are comprised of doctors, nurses, staff and friends of the hospital. They include teams riding for specific medical causes, for past and current patients, or in the memory of a child who lost his or her battle but who receive the best care possible in their fight. Each year, a special team named Team Courage, made of patients and former patients, rides despite the diseases or disabilities its members battle and receive a standing ovation at their group finish on the second day. I’ve seen kids on Team Courage complete the entire route on a bike with nothing more than a hand crank. This ride and cycling and other athletics in general give these folks such a heartwarming sense of accomplishment and means to reaching a relatively normal, healthy life. It really is inspiring.
I am excited that I will ride more than 150 miles in the Courage Classic bicycle tour benefiting Children's Hospital Colorado with both mom and dad. We could not do it without your generous support. Thank you once again. I will keep you updated on training and fundraising as I work toward the goal of supporting kids in need of care at Children's Colorado.
Love and gratitude,