I am a pediatric colorectal surgeon and I have the privilege to work with patients born with pediatric colorectal conditions such as: anorectal malformation (imperforate anus, cloaca, cloacal exstrophy), Hirschsprung disease, and patients suffering from constipation and fecal incontinence. Some of my patients, I meet soon after birth, and others, later in life. I do believe that my work will have no effect if mental health is not addressed properly throughout the life of my patients and their families. That is the reason why I value so much the Ponzio Creative Arts Therapy Program at Children's Hospital Colorado; they bring art, music, dance, and yoga therapies to patients.
Please watch this video to learn a little bit more about how the program help our patients and consider donating in support: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rhw4spxVqN0
This will be my third time riding the courage classic and it will again be a personal challenge to ride a bike uphill in the mountain, but I will be thinking of all of what my patients go through, and I believe I will have some of their strength to help me in the ride.
Here is a link of what I wrote after my first ride in 2019: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/courage-classic-2019-andrea-bischoff and another link of what I wrote after my second ride in 2020: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/courage-classic-2020-andrea-bischoff?trk=public_post-content_share-article_title
Thank you for supporting Children's Hospital Colorado,