I ride to give back to Children's Hospital of Colorado.
My 16-year-old daughter, Dakota, has been struggling with health for the last two years. She has been diagnosed Juvenile Polyarticular Arthritis, Complex Regional Pain syndrome, POTS, anxiety, depression and autonomic dysfunction. She spent a week at Children's hospital a year ago and was discharged with a feeding tube. She could not finish her freshman year in person, had to drop all but core classes and was supported by Littleton's Homebound program to complete that year. She averages between 2 and 5 doctors appointments a week and has more than 12 providers/doctors at Children's on her team. She gets monthly infusions today treat her arthritis. She takes lots of meds. Life is hard. Dakota has been unable to participate in soccer for two years - a sport she played competitively since age 4.
Currently, she just finished her sophomore year with a reduced schedule to accommodate her current needs and doctor appointments. She will likely continue with a reduced schedule for her junior year. She did participate in tennis this past spring as she is headed in a good direction currently with her health. I am so thankful for all of her doctors at Children's for working with Dakota and getting us onto a better path.
The Courage Classic is about me being thankful for all the benefits we have directly experienced by being a regular at Children's but also an opportunity to support positive outcomes and healthier futures for children.