JULY 16th PM: BOOM!!! StretchGoal#1 Met! SO, Let's BumpItUp to $3210.00!!! And if you are the competitive type, our largest donation is $1000, so, you know, maybe beat that?!
JULY 16th: TWO-THIRDS THERE! The ride is tomorrow, so Help me Help the Helpers!
JULY 14, 2021: TICK-TOCK, TICK-TOCK, it’s that time! Grab yer wallet and let’s get all tax deductible to CELEBRATE MY BIRTHDAY (Sunday) by raising funds for the The Sie Center for Down Syndrome (on Saturday) via the 2021 @CourageClassicTour by Children’s Hospital Colorado
Dare To Donate to the DareToRide team from Global Down Syndrome Foundation !
JULY 7, 2021: THAT WAS QUICK!!! Five donations blew away our starter goal of $321, soooooo, that means we jump up to our next goal of $2,166.26!!! What the heck, you say? Well, that's the amount that puts us over $20,000 cumulative! Wouldn't that be. cool! Yes, yes, it would. Thanks for helping us do it!
JULY 5, 2021: WE ARE (KINDA) BACK! Due to a hectic summer schedule, we are going virtual for riding and fun-raising. Our hope for 2021 is to break the $20,000!!! cumulative funds raised since starting to ride in 2014. YOU WILL HELP US Help The Helpers at Sie Center for DS when you Donate and Share the Link with, you know, Everyone You Know!:
AUGUST 31st 2020: WHOOPWHOOP! Thanks to the generous suppport of our awesome donors, we met our goal just in time! Here's hoping next year returns to something like normal and we can join with some 2000 other cyclists for CC2021~ Thanks again for your interest and commitment to improving the lives of people with Down Syndrome thru the important work of the Sie Center for DS at CHC. Be well! ~ Connor & Brian
JULY 24th: COMPLETED my CC2020 mileage goal of 63+miles for the week! I did four rides since last Friday, 25.03, 13.77 (rain stop), 10.39 and 15.5 for a total of 64.69 and elevation of 2,413'. NOW I can focus on fundraising. THANK YOU for your support by giving or sharing or well-wishing -- it all means a lot!!!
JULY 20th: BACK HOME and back on the trail! Wonderful birthday & biking weekend in the mountains & valleys of Colorado, but we have more miles to log by the end of the month! Did a bucket-list beautiful (and windy!) ride through the stunning Glenwood Canyon and a rain-soaked/shortened ride from Vail Pass to Frisco, leaving us a few miles short of our goal of reaching Breckenridge.
June 18: ONE MONTH til CC2020. Help me kick into high gear with a donation today!!
~~> 8MAY2020 UPDATE: SWITCH-UP COMING! CC2020 is still on, but being converted to a virtual event with deets TBD. Do not fret, we will be cycling courageously somewhere or another the (birthday!) weekend of July 18&19th, and would love your continued support for us as we support Down Syndrome research & clinical care. Stay Safe & Stay Tuned, friends!!!
22 December 2019 UPDATE: We ended up being a Top100 Fundrider out of 2000+ riders! AND we are coming back in 2020. Have a blessed holiday season and get training (to ride or support!)
1SEP2019 UPDATE: WE'VE HIT OUR INITIAL & FIRST & FINAL STRETCH GOALS!!! THANK YOU!
I'mm Baaaaack fromCC2019 and already in the full swing of other things!
We had a fantastic event last month in Copper Mountain, riding some 26&44 miles along beautiful winding trails between Breckenridge and Vail Pass. That was my 6th ride for Global during the Courage Classic and I have passed the $15K mark for cumulative fundraising.
Once again, I rode as one of more than 2000 riders -- and the only independent rider with Down Syndrome. We had more than twenty team riders this year and we look forward to growing the team and our fundraising abilities in the years ahead.
When the ride is over for this year, the fundraising continues until August 31st, giving you plenty of time to help spread the word of my ride and the important work it supports. Once we exceed my current “stretch goal,” of $4000, we will be bumping it up as often and as high as we can until the end of August!
The Courage Classic is a personal challenge and an opportunity to support positive outcomes for kids and families who need clinical care services at the Sie Center and many more who will benefit from the leading-edge, hard-science Down Syndrome research projects of the affiliated Linda Crnic Center.
Plus, it's a beautiful & fun ride in the mountains and I really like big, healthy challenges! (Well, that, and all the extra pasta and rootbeer floats I eat during my intensive training season.)
Thanks again for your support!
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Connor lives in Louisville, Colorado, and is active in athletics, acting, advocacy and adventure. He loves a good challenge and to learn new things, especially when joined by hard-working, warm-hearted and fun-loving friends, mentors, or family. He graduated from Fairview HS in Boulder in 2012, and aims to continue his post-secondary education when his schedule allows.
His wide-ranging interests, activities and achievements have been recognized by the National Down Syndrome Society (Champion of Change national advocacy award), the Council for Exceptional Children International ("Yes I Can" award for achievement in the arts); the John Lynch Foundation & Sie Foundation (Exceptional Star of the Year student-scholar award); the Global Down Syndrome Foundation (Community Leader Self-advocate award), and the Catalyst Award from The Arc of the United States.
As an actor, Connor has studied with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival School of Theatre, and he is active in on-going community theatre productions with Tapestry Theatre Company, an all-abilities troupe in his hometown of Louisville, and with the nationally acclaimed Phamaly Theatre Company of Denver. He has appeared in a number of national and regional film projects and his work was recognized with a 2013 FilmStock Festival Best Actor award, the Prix d’Interpretation at the Entre’2 Marches Disability Film Festival in Cannes, France, in 2017. He has modeled for floor & elevated fashion shows, as well as print for retail, sport and fitness projects. In 2017, he won a regional Emmy award for his work as a contributing news reporter for the Denver7News. In 2018 was sponsored by the US Embassy Moscow to speak at the American Center Moscow and represent the US at the Breaking Down Barriers International Disability Film Festival, during which he won the festival’s Best Actor award for his work in the short-film Learning To Drive.
Connor is an avid biker, competitive swimmer, earned his first-degree black belt in taekwondo, and currently studies ninja-athletics with NinjaNation. Despite his "late start" in learning to ride a bicycle -- at age 16 -- he has taken to it with an athlete's and advocate's zeal. In addition to exploring the trails around Boulder County, he has ridden to raise funds for Down Syndrome research and clinical care. In 2019, he returns as a co-captain for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation's "Dare to Ride" cycling team as they prepare for the Courage Classic in Copper Mountain.