Why I ride
I am riding in the Courage Classic again this year in honor of a very brave and special girl called Natalie. Natalie is the recipient of a heart transplant and she is such a warm, friendly and happy girl, who visits us from time to time for medical care at Children's Hospital Colorado. She is a big fan of the Courage Classic bike ride, two years ago she came up to the finish line at Copper in the mountains of Colorado, with her Mum and Dad and cheered us all over the finish line as we completed a big 80 mile day of riding. Very special to see her there.
I ride in honor of Natalie, her strength and determination are a constant inspiration to us all who care for children at Children's Hospital. And this year is no exception, we have all been training hard in our teams called the Cardiac Climbers and this year we have a new team too called the Anesthesia Dream Team. Nearly 100 of us are in these amazing teams, all riding in honor of patients and family members just like Natalie. We all want to be able to complete the nearly 150 miles of mountain passes and road we will travel in a few short weeks time. The Courage Classic is both a personal challenge for all of us on these teams and an opportunity to support positive outcomes for children and families who visit Children's Hospital Colorado. We are humbled by your donations to each rider, thank you for your generous support that allows us to positively impact the lives of countless children who require life saving surgery and anesthesia at Children's Hospital Colorado.