Our first grandson, Noah, was born with a congenital heart defect called "Total Vein" and was given a 10-20% chance of survival. He underwent open-heart surgery when he was 18 days old. The repair the doctors and nurses at Children’s Hospital Colorado performed was perfect and he is now a mature, energetic seventeen-year-old. Noah completed his junior year of high school with an amazing 4.36 GPA, with all of his courses taken at Pikes Peak Community College!
Noah is an excellent skier, enjoys golf, and is an accomplished violinist. He also composes music and has played one of the pieces he wrote while opening for the band, “Bare Naked Ladies,” at the 2014 CHC fall gala.
Noah’s goal is to be a pediatric neurosurgeon at Children’s. He has volunteered since he was 14 in the Colorado Springs Memorial Hospital’s pediatric department. He works with young patients and their families. He was invited to attend the 2017 Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston, and was also accepted into Memorial's Junior Medical School last summer. This summer he travels to Washington, DC for a conference on psychology and neuroscience.
Noah, his brother, Ben, and mom, Melissa, continue to head up the group they started in 2011 playing in nursing homes and care facilities in the El Paso County area. Their website is www.littleheartsbigmusic.com. Visit the site, and if you know of a facility whose residents would appreciate an evening of great music by a group of young people, give them a call!
Noah is a perfect example of what is accomplished every day at CHC, and the reason why, at age 77, I will be riding in my 12th Courage Classic. Mary, at age 72, will once again be by my side as I ride! We both thank God every day for the talent He has given the doctors, nurses, and staff at Children’s Hospital Colorado.
Please note that Mary and I are combining our donations under my rider page, even though we were required to register separately.
Thank you, CHC, and thank you, donors!