People from every walk of life have struggled this past year. Eveyone's struggles are real, unique, and important to recognize. I ride to give hope to Children's Hospital Colorado patients who have struggled this past year.
This year I ride to help fund the hospital's Adaptive Recreation for Childhood Health(ARCH) program. This program makes it possible for many children who are differently abled to participate in recreational sporting activities. Not only do they learn new lifelong health skills and habits they are given an opportunity engage with their peers on their own terms, often fostering lifelong friendships. The self confidence that can come from these experiences can be life changing and affirming.
In a year where our hospital has recenlty declared a mental health state of emergency, supporting our mental health colleagues, mental health resources, and programs like ARCH that provide a safe space for those who may have always struggled with self confidence is more imortant than ever.