What a year 2020 has been! I am excited to say that the Courage Classic 2020 is moving forward with planning, giving me the oppurtunity to ride once again for the Cardiac Climbers! This July I will be riding for the THIRD time in the Courage Classic and I am so excited to take on this challenge!! It is a wonderful opportunity for me to get on my bike and ride for an amazing cause. As part of the Cardiac Climbers, we have a tradition of riding with a Heart Warrior’s picture on our back during the two day 100+ mile ride through the mountains. I have dedicated my ride to different Heart Warrior's every year, and this year I am riding for Mr. Lincoln Hall! During my shifts taking care of Lincoln he was such a smiley little man! It is so great to see him doing so well and thriving after the battle he took on at such a young age!
Here is Lincoln's Story:
"Our little heart warrior Lincoln Lee Hall was born April 2nd, 2018 with Hypo-plastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS). Although he was born with only half of his heart he has fought each day with more tenacity than we ever dreamed such a little guy could contain. He had his first open heart surgery on April 6th and another emergency surgery 3 days later. He had a long battle in the hospital but with loads of smiles and some great achievements in eating and finally gaining weight, he was discharged on June 15 for the first time. He stole quite a few hearts on his way out the door with his big smiles and great hairdo. He’s become the best and most adored little brother to his big bro Elliot and we are enjoying every second watching his little tenacious personality emerge.
Lincoln had his second staged surgery on July 13th, 2018 and after quite a rough time and a few more surgeries we were able to leave the hospital in mid September. Unfortunately he had eating issues so we made one more stop in-patient for a g-tube placement that went very smoothly and by the first part of October we were on our way home to New Mexico.
We quickly found out that the high elevation we lived at would be detrimental to Lincoln and we also were too far from the health care he needed for our comfort. In March 2019 we made a big cross country move to Tennessee. Lincoln’s oxygen SATS are higher than ever and he has not been on oxygen since we moved. Having our sweet boy home has been an amazing gift; He is thriving now at 2 years old and we are in awe of him everyday. He is doing well and has such a happy personality. He started walking a few months ago and now he is on the move! We know that the future is unknown and there will always be more surgeries and hospital stays but, he has proven to be such a fighter and truly a little heart warrior."
Thank you Hall family for allowing me to ride for Lincoln this year! He will be my constant encourgement along the 100+ mile journey!
Please consider a donation of any amount to help me reach my fundraising goal so that the Heart Institute can continue to care for Heart Warriors like Lincoln!