I ride because I am a cancer patient and have received amazing care at Children's Hospital Colorado.
I was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma when I was 13, on the second day of 8th grade. After seven months of treatment at the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (CCBD) I was cancer free.
I've experienced some ups and downs over the following 6 years marked by periods of NED (no evidence of disease) and cancer relapses. I'm back in treatment again and the chemo regimen I'm on is working. I have adapted to living my fullest life even while on chemotherapy. I'm not going to let cancer define me. I turned 19 in January. In my freetime I like to make pottery, mountainbike, paddle board, and cook.
The level of care I have received at children's hospital is beyond amazing and I am so grateful for all the people that have helped me over the years. Riding in the Courage Classic and raising money is just one of the ways I can show my gratitude towards my care team.
My goal for the 2019 Courage Classic was to be the number one fundraiser, and I did meet that goal, riding for the Wheels of Justice Team, raising over $120,000 for the CCBD at Children's Hospital Colorado! The pandemic has been hard for everyone, especially all the families that have had to receive a childhood cancer diagnosis on top of it all. Despite a pandemic Children's hospital Colorado continued to provide amazing and life saving care to me and many other children and young adults. The CCBD at Children's Hospital Colorado needs your help. The money raised through The Courage Classic goes directly to improving patients lives. So if you can help, please make a donation. And help me to get to #1 in 2021.
Thank you so much!
P.S. You can follow my journey by visiting the Caring Bridge website and searching for "Team Martha"