It’s that time of year again. Yes, we are practicing social distancing and some folks are out of work and desperate for an income, but meanwhile, Children’s Hospital Denver is still serving our region.
If you have a sick child, Children’s Hospital is at-the-ready and your best last resort. I’ve never had to call on Children’s Hospital, but it is so reassuring to know that it is there.
This year The Courage Classic Bike Race, the hospital’s annual fundraiser, has gone virtual. Participants will continue to fundraise, but they will choose their own route and the number of miles to be completed each day.
My husband Mark is a Founder, a title attached to those riders who have annually ridden and raised funds for thirty consecutive years. In the past, the cyclists have ridden approximately 80 miles a day with daily elevation gains of 6,000 feet. Last year Mark trained by riding 1,500 miles and climbing 50,000 feet.
This year Mark is less prepared. Kidney stones and a number of demands on his time have worked against him. To date, he has ridden only 20 miles and climbed 200 feet. Needless to say, his goal to ride 40 miles each day of the virtual tour will be a challenge.
Despite the coronavirus, the fundraising goes on.
Who can say ‘No!’ to a sick boy with a therapy dog?
Seeing a sick child whose life may be cut short is a heart-breaker. Sooner or later, we all die, but to die without having lived life, is cruel and unusual punishment.
Volunteering as a road marshal, I see the doctors, hospital employees, and the serious cyclists speeding along. That’s nice, but the killer is seeing parents, grandparents, and loving neighbors who have or had a child in treatment. They are not cyclists. Typically they ride their bikes to the grocery and call-it-a-day. They are not prepared to cycle 80 miles, and yet they are supporting Children’s Hospital with every ounce of energy that they have.
Each wheel’s rotation is a prayer
If you have the means to contribute, Children’s Hospital and all those who depend of the hospital’s services would be most appreciative.