Sixteen years ago, I was so excited about the fact that I was on my way to becoming a grandma. Both mother and baby did well during the pregnancy. When “B” day arrived, Noah scored a 10 on his APGAR test. Not too much time had passed after Noah was brought into the room for all of us to meet him when a nurse noted Noah’s coloring wasn’t good. She immediately took him to ICU. In a few hours, following a fast ambulance ride to Denver, our relationship with Children’s Hospital began. Noah was diagnosed with a heart defect, which led to open-heart surgery when he was 18 days old.
Noah now is a second-degree black belt, an excellent skier, and an accomplished violinist. He also composes music, and in 2014 at the hospital’s annual fundraising gala he played a piece he had written to open for the band, “Bare Naked Ladies.” (All men, all clothed, no ladies, and popular with the generations younger than I!) He performs monthly with the group he helped start, “Little Hearts, Big Music,” bringing music to residents of nursing homes and other care facilities.
His goal is to be a pediatric orthopedic surgeon. He is a volunteer for Children's Hospital at Memorial, and was recently accepted into their Junior Medical School program which will be held in August. He enjoys working with young pediatric patients as a role model and example of what is possible.
Last year, to celebrate my 70th birthday, I rode in the Classic for the first time with Noah’s mom, Missie, and his Papa, Bill. Riding at altitude is a challenge, but I trained hard and I was ready. On the climbs, I thought of the challenge Noah had as an infant and of his courage and I told myself, “I can do it, I can do it.” I surpassed my goal - over 80 miles!!!! This year, I will ride again....just maybe not over 80 miles at one time, though.
Bill and I are combining our donations under Bill’s rider page even though we were required to register separately. If you would like to support me with dollars, go to Bill Montie and hit Donate Now. We appreciate all donations and PRAYERS! The donations we receive go directly to the Heart Institute at Children’s.