This will be my third year riding in the Courage Classic. The first two years I rode to celebrate my successful battle against cancer—metastatic Ewing’s Sarcoma. I was diagnosed in August of 2015, on my second day of 8th grade, and was declared NED (no evidence of disease) in April of 2016. This year I am riding as I battle cancer once again. I relapsed on August 10th, 2017. Since then, I have had three different chemo cocktails, been enrolled in one clinical trial (which included three trips to Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston), had more scans (MRI, PET and CT) than you can count on two hands and two surgeries. My most recent surgery, on April 24th, 2018, was to remove a tumor in my lung. Unfortunately the tumor was live disease, and my fight continues. I started radiation on May 8th and will go every day M-F until June 19th.
I am an avid cyclist and throughout my treatments I am always itching to get back on my bike. When I feel well enough, I’ll ride my mag-trainer, but getting outside on my bike is what I live for!
My first year in the Courage Classic, I rode 64 miles over two days just four months after I finished chemo. The second year I was able to train much more and rode close to 140 miles. This year, I am planning to ride the maximum with my dad by my side.
Riding the Courage Classic is my way to both get back on my bike AND give back to Children's Hospital Colorado, specifically the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (CCBD), where I receive most of my treatment. I am very grateful for all of the support the staff at Children's has provided throughout my journey.
With Children’s Hospital Colorado's help, I conquered cancer once and plan to again. In July I will ride over 150 miles in two days over multiple mountain passes, in support of Children's Hospital!
I really appreciate your support. Thanks so much for your donation!