Brother Can You Spare a Dime?

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Keeping pace with the month of July, I am here again… as predictable as death and taxes… hat in hand… looking for donations to Childrens’ Hospital Denver.

A family affair.

A family affair.

Treating the sickest of the sick, Childrens’ Hospital saves some and loses others. Regardless of the outcome, Childrens’ is a parent’s best hope, and should the hospital fail to save the child, the parent knows that the caring, accomplished staff made every effort.

Those parents who have dodged the bullet, bow their heads, give thanks, and mummer, “There but for the grace of God, go I.”

White boards with thoughts from children and parents line the walls of the dining room.

White boards with thoughts from children and parents line the walls of the dining room.

It is humbling to ride and volunteer on the three-day ride up and down through Lake and Summit Counties. In contrast to the serious athletes on the Ride the Rockies tour, the Courage Classic is more family oriented. Because the Courage Classic is a fund-raiser for the hospital, many of the participants are family members riding in celebration of a child saved or in memory of a child lost. Although many elite riders participate, an equal number are recreational, huff-and-puff-to-the-post-office riders.

2014 - Mark's 25th consecutive year.

2014 – Mark’s 25th consecutive year.

Serving as a road marshal, I see the extreme effort some riders expend (some in gratitude… some in prayer) on behalf of the hospital. In this, my husband Mark’s 26th consecutive year, we volunteer knowing that if our neighbors need Childrens’, the hospital is there for them.

It is true that everyone wants your money. Some of you have already expended your donations for the year. If, however, you can spare a dime, perhaps you will be moved to donate. If you go to http://www.childrenscoloradofoundation.org/courage-classic/, you will see photos, text and video of the annual fundraiser. Click on “donations” and type in Mark Dembosky to donate in his name.

Count your blessings and thank you for reading.

I may have used this Denver Post photo previously. The hospital sponsors an annual Prom for teens in treatment. I love this photo - don't we all dream of our children growing up healthy and finding love?

I may have used this Denver Post photo previously. The hospital sponsors an annual Prom for teens in treatment. I love this photo – don’t we all dream of our children growing up healthy and finding love?

About timeout2

I have lived 100 lives. I write essays, short stories, poetry, grocery lists and notes to myself. If I am ever lost, look for a paper trail, but be careful not to trip over any books that lie scattered here and there. I am a reader. I am a reader in awe of writers. When I don't live in Westcliffe, Colorado, I live in London where I am a long-time member of Word-for-Word - Crouch End.
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2 Responses to Brother Can You Spare a Dime?

  1. Marty Wolff says:

    Very good blog today, Doris.

  2. timeout2 says:

    Dear Marty, Mark who is in Penrose trying to sell some hay, tells me that you have donated – a generous donation from a generous person whom I am lucky to count as a friend. xo

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