2020 07 courage classic poster

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.


The Founders – still standing tall in 2019. Mark is the tallest on the top step.

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.

2020 07 -therapy-dogDespite 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.


Sheila Jordan, my favorite road marshall

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

2020 07 -childrens-hospital-prom

Children’s Hospital Prom Night – Life is just around the corner.

If you have the means to contribute, Children’s Hospital and all those who depend of the hospital’s services would be most appreciative.

2020 Courage Classic: Mr. Mark A. Dembosky – Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation

Thank you.

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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4 Responses to Children’s Hospital Denver

  1. H Brent Bruser says:

    Proud of the both of you👍🤟🏻🙏🏿

    Sent from my iPad


    • timeout2 says:

      Dear Brent, In my maturity, I’m so much better at saying ‘No’ to anyone who asks, but who can say no to Children’s Hospital? Our court of last resort. Heaven forbid if Children’s were not there for us. As for Mark, he rides for the hospital, but as a Founder, I think he hopes to be the last man standing. Fat Chance given the number of younger riders, but he is motivated to keep his status as a Founder. xo

  2. marilynjh says:

    Thanking and cheering on Mark and you for your continued support of Children’s Hospital for over 30 years!

  3. timeout2 says:

    And thanking you, Marilyn, for your thumb-up donation!

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