This will be my 4th year riding with the Cardiac Climbers in the Courage Classic 2021 bike tour!! It's honestly something I look forward to the entire year. On July 17th, I will be riding 80+ miles through the mountains of beautiful Colorado to help raise money for the Heart Institute at Children’s Hospital! As a nurse in the Cardiac Progressive Care Unit (CPCU), I have the privilege of caring for babies, children and even some adults with congenital heart defects who need or have had open-heart surgery. Depending on the severity of the defect, some only require one surgery, others will need multiple surgeries, and some will need a heart transplant. The Heart Institute is ranked #6 in the nation and it is an honor to be a part of such a special place where miracles happen!!
Every year, each member of our team dedicates their ride to a special patient of the Heart Institute. This year, I have the pleasure of dedicating my ride once again to....Amelia Grace Henwood!!
I have cared for Amelia since she was a newborn at Children’s Hospital and now have the privilege of being her homecare nurse once a week. Amelia was born with Heterotaxy Syndrome which involves multiple heart defects, lung and intestinal malformations. Even though this sweet girl has endured multiple open-heart surgeries, cath lab procedures, GI surgeries, and required a tracheostomy, she, against ALL odds, has overcome the many life-threatening complications along the way. Amelia was adopted by the most amazing family when she was an infant who gave her a chance at life. Because of them and the care she received at Children's Hospital Colorado Heart Institute, she is alive and thriving and will soon celebrate her 5th birthday!! She may be the size of 2 year old, but she is smart, funny and full of life!!
Please consider making a small donation to help me raise money for children like Amelia. ALL money raised goes directly to the Heart Institute for state of the art equipment, research and education, and family assistance. My goal is to raise $1,500! Thank you so much for your support!!!!
Here is a message from Amelia’s amazing parents Justin and Whitney……
"As foster parents, we fell in love immediately with Amelia and her adorable cheeks when we met her in 2016, a few months after her birth. Her resilient and headstrong spirit helped her endure the many medical and surgical interventions she faced immediately after birth and for the years to follow. Amelia has heterotaxy syndrome which affects her heart, lungs, and intestines and has led to a complicated medical prognosis. We were able to adopt Amelia into our family in 2017, after being told Amelia might not live to her first birthday. Amelia has taught our family how to live life to the fullest and every day we get to spend with her is truly a blessing and a bonus."