I admit - throughout my lifetime, I haven't done much fundraising or supportive events for cancer except for a few Mother's Day breast cancer walks with my mom. I am one of the few lucky ones that hasn't lost someone near and dear to me to cancer, so I never was really exposed to the magnitude of its effects. However, I recently attended a local event called the Flamingo Party, which resulted in a newfound knowledge and change of heart. The Flamingo Party is an annual fundraising event where about 50-100 plastic flamingoes are decorated by the community and are "flown" to patients at the Children's Hospital Colorado in Denver. At this event, a few people spoke about their personal experiences with childhood cancer. As I listened to their stories, I was fighting back tears. To think there's thousands of children and families that go through similar heartache is unbearable.
According to childrenscancercause.org, about 1 in 285 people (children and young adults) will develop cancer before they are 20 years old. Another staggering statistic: about 17,293 children are diagnosed with cancer every year; that equates to about 47 per day!
I am riding in the Courage Classic to raise awareness and give hope to Children's Hospital Colorado patients. My goal of this personal page is to collect something physical that can help thousands of children affected by this disease.