Why I ride
I still choose to honor Isla!
From Isla's Parents Ellie and Matt: "Isla was born a few weeks early, weighing just under 5 pounds. Luckily she was only in NICU for an hour and we were able to take her home within a week! Everything was fine until she was 4 months old, when she got a cold. It progressed quickly and her Pediatrician thought she might have pneumonia. We went to Children's Hospital thinking we'd be there for a day... but instead we were there for 5 weeks. Isla was diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension (PH), which is high blood pressure of the lungs. It is typically a progressive disease, and without treatment people only live for a few years after onset. With treatment, life is extended but often not much more. Isla came home on a continuous IV, oxygen, and too many medications to count. Medications caused pain or required regular blood draws, so Isla was poked and prodded a lot in her first year. With the diagnosis, hope of a normal life was stripped away."
2022 Update: Isla continues to thrive and grow and will be 9 years old by the time this year's Courage Classic kicks off! It has been quite a few years since Isla was given a clean bill of health and is off all oxygen and medications. Last year, Isla and I finally got the chance to roll through the finish line together at Copper Mountain!!! That is a moment I will NEVER forget!
This will be the 9th year that I am priviledged to honor Isla and my 10th total Courage Classic. I continue to be deeply dedicated this Charity event. Isla is a miracle, that I got to witness (and still get to) with my very own eyes.
With your support, the Heart Institute at Children's Hospital Colorado can continue to help, treat and CURE kids like Isla. Donate today!
Thank you!!! ~Abbey