This July, I’ll be riding in the Courage Classic bicycle tour to raise money for Children's Hospital Colorado. I started a team to invite others to participate and fundraise with me. Will you join me and be part of the team as a rider, volunteer, fundraiser, or by making a donation?
I hold Children's Hospital particularly close to my heart because, when Kathy and I were young parents, our daughter Alison was twice a patient at Children's – once as a 9 month old for cleft palet surgery and again at 2 years when she was very sick with viral spinal meningitis. In both cases the staff at Children's gave us tremendous support throughout and I hope that through my effort on the bike I can help another young family receive the same outstanding care and support in their time of need.
This will be my 8th Courage Classic, totaling approximately 1500 miles on the bike. Each year many people donate to my ride who also have a personal connection to Children's. I enjoy hearing about everyone's stories and I am thankful for the care that your loved ones received at Children's. Many others donate to give thanks for the health of their own families. Whatever the reason for your support, all donations are gratefully received and may help patients survive a life threatening illness or injury or provide assistance to families in need of critical support during their loved one’s stay at Childrens.
Please click the link at the bottom of this email to join the team. If you can't join, please consider making a donation supporting the life-saving work at Children's Colorado.
As a nonprofit, Children's Colorado relies on generous donors like you to remain a top-ranked pediatric hospital serving the Rocky Mountain region and beyond.
Thank you in advance for your support!.
This year, our team rides for Kannon Wood, the son of two very special firefighters from Mountain View FPD. Here is Kannon’s story as told by his mom, a retired firefighter/paramedic from MVFPD, and Dad, Fire Lieutenant, also from MVFPD: “Kannon was diagnosed two days before his third birthday with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Needless to say, our lives were unexpectedly turned upside down. He spent his third birthday in the hospital having surgery for a port placement and getting bone marrow aspirations in preparation for chemotherapy treatments. We spent the next week trying to understand what ALL was, what the prognosis was and how life was going to be for Kannon and the rest of our family. It was hard to process everything.
During this time, our oncology team was absolutely amazing. As you can imagine, we had so many questions and so many fears. I’m sure we asked the same questions over and over. Each doctor, nurse and staff member took time to sit down with us, listen to our questions, have patience and empathy with us and helped us comprehend everything. Dr. Ashley Rogers and Dr. Savannah Ross helped us understand the reason for each treatment and the research supporting each decision for that treatment. Most importantly, they gave us hope and helped us have the motivation to take on ALL.