I am supporting the Courage Classic for patients like Jason. Here is his story...
"My name is Jason and I was born with Dextrocardia and Pulmonary atresia which means my heart is pointed to the right side of my chest and the valve that controls blood flow from my heart to my lungs didn’t form at all. At the time of my birth we lived in the small town of Trinidad, Colorado so I was immediately transferred to Children’s Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In 1995 medicine wasn’t where it is today and with my condition being so rare my doctors were unsure that I would survive.From that point through my childhood I underwent several surgeries including open chest and heart to improve the function of my heart and to allow me to breathe on my own. While recovering from one of my surgeries I had complications and had to be revived and due to the amount of time I had gone without oxygen doctors were concerned that I would have other major health issues, but fortunately I never experienced any.
I have always overcome the impossible, and have done my best to live a full and normal life. I’m now 25 years old and have married my best friend, work hard, and try to travel often. Recently, due to having a mild heart attack along with other health complications, the question of needing a heart transplant has now become a reality and I have begun the initial process of being put on the heart transplant list.
I continue to stand optimistic with the help of a great team at Children’s Hospital Aurora. I want to especially thank Dr. Jacobsen for her dedication in helping me push through this process and supporting me through it. I know with the support I have from my family, especially my dad and my husband, along with Children’s Hospital, my future is bright with a heart full of love."
A broken foot kept me from participating 2 years ago year and COVID-19 last year, but here we come 2021! Jason has been a motivation to me, and I will be riding as a member of the Cardiac Climbers Team to help raise money for patients like him with congenital heart disease. Let's do this!!!
The Courage Classic is not only a personal challenge, but also an opportunity to support positive outcomes and healthier futures for patients with congenital heart disease,
Thanks so much for your support!