2022 Courage Classic Bicycle Tour

Team Rory Belle

This year we are riding in loving memory of little Rory Belle Heilmann (October 4, 2019-February 25, 2021) .  We are lucky to have found lifelong friends in Rory's parents, Rachel and Nathan, about 10 years ago at a local cross fit gym.  I was going to write something in her honor, but her family said it best:

On the night she was born, the night wind whispered, “Life will never be the same.” There had never been anyone like her…ever in the world. So whenever you doubt just how special you are or wonder who loves you how much and how far, feel the warm sun against your face, the rhythm of the jazz with all its grace, the smooth pace of your feet, and the sound of waves crashing when they meet. That’s Rory’s love, burning high in the sky. These are the things to remember her by. The world has known Rory Belle, my friends, and she, will not ever end. Heaven blew every trumpet and played every horn on the wonderful, marvelous night she was born.

The Reach Team at Children's Hospital Colorado helps families with medical decision making.  This team does the incredibly difficult work of helping families in unimaginable circumstances identify goals of care and ensure that treatment aligns with those goals.  This often includes linking families to palliative care teams to help with symptom management and, when necessary, linking families to hospice care. Ali Feldman, MD provided this support to the Heilmann family, and they continue to be grateful to her.  Donations will be directed to the Reach Team in Rory's honor at Rachel's request.    

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