Why I Ride
As we know 2020-2021 has been nothing but unusual. For the reasons we all know the Courage Classic will be much different for my 14th year as a member of the Wheels of Justice bicycling team. I want to continue the mantra of "while Covid has stopped a lot of things in life, pediatric cancer has not stopped." as proven by the loss of one of our greatest team members Martha Riedel. Martha rode competitvely through her entire 6+ year battle with cancer. In the summer of 2016, Martha joined Wheels and with her family rode in her first Courage Classic. She had been riding, running, and taking on life's challenges everyday since. While on chemo and very actively in treatment, Martha rode 40 miles for the 2021 Courage Classic. She continued treatment through the fall and well into the Spring of 2022. On Friday April 15th, 2022, Martha passed away at home... surrounded by her family.
The money we raise directly benefits our pediatric cancer and blood disorders program at Children’s Hospital. My ride for 2022 will be virtual as I have to drive my son to his 2 week sleep away camp. While I won't be riding the normal Courage Classic route on these days rest assured I will run or ride a mountain just because.....that's what I do.
As we climb back out of two off-years I don't want to ignore the need for this year. I also want to be sensitive to everyone's different situation they are possibly finding themselves in at this time. If you can still support the cause your donation will be GREATLY appreciated. If you can't help at this time I understand and want you to know I hope you, and all of us, come out of the other side of this pandemic time healthy, happy, and safe.
Many of you have been so generous in the past and it is almost too much to ask you to help out again. If you can support these kids, doctors, and great care takers in any way this year, we will be truly grateful. Know that every dollar counts. NO AMOUNT is too small. Donate your Starbuck’s drink you were going to buy and that $5 will add up to thousands of dollars….just from my contacts alone.