I am a pediatric colorectal surgeon. For the last 30 years of my life, I have worked with patients born with congenital colorectal conditions. Babies born with an anorectal malformation, Hirschsprung disease, spina bifida, and patients suffering constipation or fecal incontinence. Some of my patients I meet soon after birth, and others, later in life. However, I believe my work will have no effect if mental health is not appropriately addressed throughout the life of my patients and their families.
This year, we created a new team called "Happy Saddle," All money raised will go towards mental health support for the Center of Children's Surgery.
This will be my first time riding the courage classic :) and it will be a personal challenge to ride a bike uphill in the mountains, but I will be thinking of what all my patients go through, and I believe I will have some of their strength to help me in the ride. This year will be incredibly challenging, as I have not been able to train much.
Thank you for supporting Children's Hospital Colorado and the mental health of our patients,
LUIS DE LA TORRE (DR. D)