Why I ride
9 years ago this July, I joined Children’s Hospital Colorado in the finance department. In the time that I have been there, I have been privileged to get a firsthand view of the excellent care that Children’s Colorado gives to its families. Not only do patients get the best medical expertise, but the nurses and staff help to make the experience a positive one for the kids whenever possible.
In May 2021, a State of Emergency for pediatric mental health was declared by Children's Colorado. On average, youth struggle with symptoms of mental health issues for eight to 10 years before accessing care. We know that early access to quality mental health care significantly improves outcomes, so we need to let families know it is necessary to speak up and seek services for their children. The team I ride with for Courage Classic is Psyched to Climb. I have the privilege of riding with some of the professionals who work within the Pediatric Mental Health Institute at Children's and they are amazing people.
The Pysched to Climb team rides in the Courage Classic to drive awareness of the mental health challenges in Colorado, break the stigma of talking about mental health challenges, and to help drive financial support for the care of children and families who require early prevention, ongoing therapy, and access to the medical professionals who can make a difference for kids who need it most…for the kids who have a much larger mountain to climb.
If you can donate any amount, I would deeply appreciate it. For more information on the work Childen's is doing to Break the Stigma, you can go to breakthestigmaco.org