I ride to give hope to Children's Hospital Colorado patients like Callan. Personally, to ride for Callan is so very special to me. Since I lost my little son Brett I have always wanted to find a way to give back. One of the voluteer efforts I have wished to do was to rock babies in a hospital seeting, to give the child comfort and love knowing that their parents can't be there every minute. By giving of oneself you realize that there is more, What we have is time, make time count, whatever we are doing.
Chase was born 2 months early in full cardiac arrest and spent nearly 3 months in the Children’s Hospital Colorado NICU. He continues to face challenges ranging from respiratory issues to partial blindness.
Chase asked his mom, Laura, if he could ride with her in the Courage Classic Bicycle Tour. Given his medical challenges, this was no small feat, but Chase was determined to learn to ride a bike. After a lot of hard work (and falls), Chase rode with Laura's Durango Derailers Team of family and friends across the Courage Classic finish line -- a true testament to his courage and strength against all odds.
Chase will not be the last child to face a life-threatening illness, and his family will not be the last to navigate a frightening diagnosis.
The Courage Classic is not only a personal challenge, but also an opportunity to support positive outcomes and healthier futures for children.
Brett Andrew February 9, 2019 - his 30th birthday.
February 9, 1989 - February 3, 1990. Brett’s gift (and lesson) to me, by living and dying, is that there is more. What we have is time, make time count, whatever we are doing. There’s more than our own understanding. Such pain and such beauty. Live life to the fullest. Don’t wait to enjoy the journey. Don’t waste a single moment. Never, never give up. I am grateful for the gift of more. Hug your kids, and if you don’t have kids, hug a friend, a family member, a stranger. We have more to give than we know. Let your heart lead.