Courage Classic 2021!
I'M RIDING WITH THE CARDIAC CLIMBERS TEAM FOR THIS YEAR'S COURAGE CLASSIC IN HONOR OF TWO VERY SPECIAL CARDIAC KIDS:
My daughter, Whitney, a former patient whose heart was healed at the Children's Heart Institute after numerous hospitalizations and 3 heart procedures (viral myocarditis from H1N1 which then caused a heart rhythm disorder- incessant ectopic atrial tachycardia). I'll ride with gratitude for the amazing cardiac specialists and compassionate Heart Institute nurses who took such good care of Whitney and our whole family during a harrowing few years.
I'll also be riding in honor of Levi (name used with family's permission), a current Heart Institute patient I've had the privilege of working with in my role at Children's. Little Levi's strength and bravery absolutely amaze and inspire me. He's on a long journey towards healing and is in loving, capable hands with his wonderful family and Children's staff by this side.
Finally, I'll be riding for ALL of the courageous patients that I've had the privilege to care for in my nearly 8 years as a nurse at Children's Hospital Colorado. Every day at work, I'm constantly in awe of our patients' resiliency and strength of spirit. Their courage moves me to tears. I'd love to see every single one of them leave the hospital to go home, fully-recovered and/or cured. More and more young patients ARE recovering and going home, thanks to ongoing research, medical advancements and continued specialized treatments, all of which require funding.... funding that the Courage Classic event helps to raise!
Please consider supporting my ride to join our critical fundraising efforts this year. Your donation is tax deductible and will directly help to provide lifesaving care for children at the region's only nonprofit pediatric hospital. And, thanks for sending positive thoughts and prayers our way during my ride on July 17.