My name is Melissa Devolve, and I am the captain of team "Courage From The Springs." Children's Hospital Colorado is ranked nationally as one of the top 10 pediatric hospitals in the country. Now a free-standing Children's Hospital Colorado has broken ground in Colorado Springs, and will open in 2019! This team's focus is to raise money to support this new hospital.
The Courage Classic was started 29 years ago as a primary fundraiser for the hospital. It is a two-day road bike tour through Colorado's beautiful Summit County, based out of the Copper Mountain Resort. There are many route options (including family rides!) to accommodate all abilities. It is also one of the best-supported rides in Colorado (speaking from personal experience!). And once you're done riding, the plaza is hopping with activities. There is no way to describe the energy of the Classic...every rider and volunteer is there for a different reason, and the collective "vibe" is something to behold!
About my family...we are passionate supporters of Children's Hospital Colorado. Our oldest son, Noah, was born with a congenital heart defect and had open-heart surgery at Children's when he was 18 days old. As a young teen, he had to have four orthopedic surgeries (at Children's, of course!) to correct severe misalignment of his knees and ankles, and when he was 15 years old he suffered a traumatic brain injury and was airlifted to Children's from Colorado Springs for treatment. Noah is now 17 years old, and has grown into an amazing young man. He volunteers for Children's Hospital Colorado in the PICU at Memorial Central and aspires to become an orthopedic or neuro surgeon at CHC.
We have experienced many departments at CHC, and the care and treatment we have received at every step, from front desk check-in to the consultations with the surgeons, has been unparalleled. We have driven more miles than we care to count going back and forth to Aurora and Highlands Ranch for Noah's treatments, but it is so worth it, knowing our child is getting the best, most phenomenal care available anywhere.
And in 2019, it's going to be available in COLORADO SPRINGS!!!!!!!
Which is why I could not be more excited to captain this team in the 2018 Courage Classic! Please, join us, and experience an incredible weekend of challenging riding and camaraderie while raising money to support this incredible undertaking. Feel free to contact me with any questions!