WHY I RIDE - The Cardiac Climbers team rides the annual "Courage Classic" to help raise funds for the Heart Institue at Children's Hospital Colorado. All of the money raised goes directly to equipment, support, and education. Kids deserve the chance to be kids - whether it's riding a bike, jumping in the mud, or hiking under the stars. Please join me by donating to support the future of these patients and their families. Thank you everyone for your generosity and support!
MEET JOEL - Joel was born August 24, 2021. The doctors had noticed a small heart defect during the pregnancy but they thought it was very minor and he would be able to go home and wait for him to grow before surgery. However that wasn't the case, Joel was in heart failure since his birth. In four months he had five heart surgeries including placement of a mechanical valve and a pacemaker. After all of that his heart was still unable to sustain his body and he was placed on the heart transplant list. He's been waiting for a new heart since January. In spite of everything, Joel is getting stronger every day, he always defeats the odds. The doctors and nurses always claim him as the favorite because of his endless smiles and joy. Joel is a very special little guy and he brings courage to all that meet him especially to his parents and 3 siblings.
Check out this amazing video created by Joel's uncle: https://youtu.be/FTV0PatkuhE