Why I ride
This will be my 21st straight year of riding in The Courage - I hope.
Coming back from a training ride on June 11th, I crashed and fractured my shoulder in two places. So, while it is a longshot I will be cleared to ride this year, I will train on a stationary bike and then cross my fingers I heal up enough to ride. I've ridden in the past with a broken foot, a hyperextended knee and a sprained back, so maybe . . .
Why do I put myself through this and why do I reach out to so many for your financial support?
As I've ridden over the years, I've learned what The Courage was really about. My courage in riding hurt pales in comparison to the kids being treated daily. It has been an incredible experience meeting such a capable and caring group of people at the hospital and the Children's Hospital Foundation, as well as, everyone associated with our team, including the unprecedented level of support our team gets from Epsilon/ADS and our co-workers.
This last year, I experienced the need for Children's Hospital firsthand when my 3-year-old grandson (William) was rushed to Children's, where he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. William's "new normal" is multiple blood tests, shots, etc. every day with monitoring and treatment for the rest of his life. But, we hold out hope, as we are learning about the amazing research at Children's that will allow him to live a normal life taking advantage of the new breakthroughs in Type 1 Diabetes treatment.
While I don't know if I'll be able to ride this year, I have once again set an aggressive goal - to raise $40,000 for Team Epsilon - Summits for Samantha, one small way of giving back for the help Children's provides William and the hundreds of thousands of other kids (and families) they treat and support every year - whether they have money to pay their bills or not.
Thank you for your support - it makes a difference!