Exactly two years ago April my daughter Emma, then aged 16 had a stroke while running errands with her Dad. An emergency procedure was performed in coordination with UC Health to remove the blood clot from her brain. At the Courage Classic that year, we did not yet know if she would fully regain all cognitive abilities. We were grateful that she had improved and that she was still with us.
Two years and numerous visits to CHC later, Emma is now a senior in high school and looking forward to attending the University of Wisconsin this fall. Her graduation accolades will include national honor society membership, varsity letters in ski racing all four years, and the proclamation of a double major in business and legal studies in her pursuit of higher educaton.
I am so proud of my daughter for her courage and her drive to achieve her personal life goals. She has demonstrated the adaptability of a mature adult, the passion of a committed athlete and the determination of a strong-willed woman. Thank you CHC for your support, expert medical treatment and above all, care. You were, and still are, in our corner from minute one.
I ride for the next family who needs the support and care of Children's Colorado as we did and still do.
Post from two years ago:
On April 15, 2017 my daughter Emma, aged 16, had a stroke while running errands with her Dad. Due to his quick response and the amazing emergency response and follow up of multiple teams at CHC she is thriving and doing well!
Emma has a blood disorder which affects how her blood clots. Prior to this recent diagnosis and stroke, she was a year round athlete playing competitive soccer as goalkeeper for Storm and Mullen High School, an alpine ski racer, and swimmer.
We don't yet know what the future holds for Emma. She hopes to return to athletics, will continue on the debate team for Mullen, and most certainly work hard to maintain her 4.1 GPA. Most importantly, she has the opportunity to live her life to its fullest potential ....meeting challenges, experiencing joy, finding adventure, and discovering her purpose. All of this is possible because of Children's Hospital Colorado. Without which, Emma may not have seen her 17th birthday.
Stroke remains among the top 10 causes of death in children. Emma will not be the last child to face this life-threatening emergency. I ride for the next family who needs the support and care of Children's Colorado as we did, and still do.