Craig and I are riding again in the Courage classic raising awareness and funds for Colorado childrens hospital , specifically for the pediatric mental Health Institute.
The Psyched to Climb team rides because we are on a mission to raise awareness and funds around the Pediatric Mental Health crisis and support our kids and youth of Colorado. Your engagement and commitment to support youth mental health is needed more than ever!
Here are some sobering facts about youth mental health:
Suicide is a leading cause of death among Colorado youth ages 10-19.
50% of all mental health conditions occur before age 14.
44% of teens report feeling persistently sad or hopeless
226,000 kids and teens in Colorado have diagnosable mental health conditions. Only 22% receive professional care.
We also ride to give hope to Children's Hospital Colorado patients like Daniel.
Daniel is battling brain cancer. In the last three years, the teenager has had six brain surgeries and 48 days of radiation. That’s 48 days and more that cancer has stolen from his childhood. For kids like Daniel, new therapies and the possibility for a cure cannot come soon enough. He courageously rode alongside his family and teammates in the tour last year to raise money for Children's Colorado patients like him.
The Courage Classic is not only a personal challenge, but also an opportunity to support positive outcomes and healthier futures for children.
State of Emergency: Suicide is the leading cause of death for Colorado kids ages 10+. Fighting for our kids’ mental health is more necessary and urgent than ever before.
I hope you can join us in support or come ride with us this summer!