My husband and I have been riding the Courage Classic for several years in support of Children’s Hospital for the excellent care they gave our grandson, Noah, 21 years ago. Noah was born with a heart defect, which was corrected with open-heart surgery when he was 18 days old. Noah is a gift that keeps giving! He will be a senior this year at Rollins College and is studying medicine. Like us, he wants to give back. He is pursuing a medical career either as a surgeon or in research. He just took the MCAT (a test required for medical school) and scored in the 99th percentile!
Since Bill and I are currently in the process of moving to Florida, we haven’t been able to train as is necessary at our ages, so we weren’t intending to ask for donations this year. Bill’s thinking is if he can’t do the work, he won’t do the ask; however, I have no shame, and as our captain reminded us, “It’s not about the miles, it’s about the dollars”.
The impetus behind my request comes from meeting an 18–month-old girl named Piper at this year’s ride. What’s unique about Piper to us is that she had the same heart defect Noah had, which is rare. Piper’s Dad, uncle, and grandparents rode this year. Piper’s beautiful smile melted hearts!
We rode a total of 60 miles in this 2022 tour, and a total of 120 miles for the 5 days we were in Copper. This was our final ride at high altitude, (and our ages of 76 and 81 are also a contributing factor!), but we will always continue our support of Children’s Hospital Colorado. It has truly been a marvelous ride!