Morgan: I am excited to ride with my friends this year to raise money for kids in the hospital.
Note from Morgan's Mother: Morgan has been friends with Madelyn, Jayce and Kylee for most of his life. Their parents were there on the day of Morgan's birth - and the whole crew has been thick and thieves ever since!
Sweet Madelyn is for whom Team Madelyn is named. When she was one year old, she was life-flighted from Yuma to Children's Hospital Denver because she began throwing up blood. It is there that she was diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis in the portal vein (unknown cause), resulting in portal vein hypertension, an enlarged spleen and non-cirrhotic esophageal varices. Essentially, the vessels lining her esophagus cannot handle the increased pressure (due to back up blood flow from the port to her liver) and burst into her esophagus, and she is monitored regularly to manage the varices and her overall health. Madelyn is a southern belle, sweet to the core, and our little pipsqueak.
Jayce is a friend of Morgan and Haydan's - and together they are quite mischievous. He is a patient Children's, as he as an inability to sweat. As he ages, more health concerns arise: vision sensitivity and migraines to name a few. He cannot participate in the same activities other kids his age can do for fear that he may overheat. Jayce is a go-getter, all boy, and sure to get into lots of mischief with the Drullinger boys over the years.
Jayce's older sister, Kylee, is the newest patient at Children's. She was diagnosed with scholiosis recently, and the doctors at Children's have been great in treatment. She is awesome!
Morgan was there to cheer on Team Madelyn at the Courage Classic in 2015, 2016, and 2017. He rode is 2018, and will ride again this year for the second time. He rides for Madelyn, Kylee, Jayce, and Emery Louthan - his newest friend who is a patient at Children's Hospital.