Dear Friends and Family,
The Riedel family has been at this since 2016, that was when we first learned about the Courage Classic. Many of you know we learned about it because our daughter, Martha, was in treatment at Children’s Hospital Colorado for Ewing sarcoma during the fall of 2015 and spring of 2016. Since then we haven’t missed a courage classic, even fundraising during the pandemic and riding our bikes on our own.
So while Martha is in her sixth year fighting a personal battle against cancer we continue to join in the effort helping Children’s Hospital Colorado provide the best care possible to kids battling cancer and other medical challenges. Our family rides with the team Wheels of Justice, who’s fundraising dollars go directly to the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (CCBD) at Children’s Colorado. It is on the seventh floor where Martha has received the most advanced and critical care possible over the last six years. We thank the CCBD for what they do and we are happy to do what we can help them continue their fantastic work.
Unfortunately, this year my challenge to ride the courage classic has, through random events, come with an additional challenge. Last month I dislocated my shoulder, by simply falling (sorry I wish there was a better story). You might imagine that a dislocated shoulder would not be that bad; nothing broken just pop it back in the socket and you should be all good, right? Well as it turned out the impact of the fall caused some nerve damage in my arm which rendered it fundamentally useless, in other words paralyzed. I am on the mend, and currently have some limited mobility, but the recovery process is painfully slow, and it will be months before I have full use of my arm again. It goes without saying that riding a conventional two wheel bike is not possible. Not willing to give up totally on riding in the courage classic, I’m working on acquiring a recumbent tricycle! Hopefully I can get it in time for the ride. If not I’m working up a back up plan to borrow one. Life is full of unexpected challenges some of them more painful than others. The Riedel family was given some perspective six years ago with Martha’s cancer diagnosis, so in the grand scheme of things I feel lucky.
So, please help me help Children’s Hospital Colorado and specifically the CCBD. I’ve set a fundraising goal of $5000, that I hope you’ll help me meet. If I’ve already met my goal, please look up Martha’s fundraising page and donate to her. She was the number one fundraiser year before last, so it would be great if she could do that again.
I cant link this page to hers, so as an alternative you can do this:
1. click on the “DONATE” button NEAR THE TOP OF THE PAGE (in-between the green “ride” and “volunteer” buttons),
2. put in Martha's information: Martha Riedel, and hit the red search icon (looks like a magnifying glass),
3. follow the prompts to make a donation.
Martha was in the Top 7 for fundraising in 2017 and in the top 10 in 2018, so with your help she can do this!
Thanks! Love you all!