I never thought I'd be cycling up and down mountains, yet my experience last year was surreal, and we are PUMPED to do it again. This year we will be riding 2 days, 120 miles through the gorgeous Colorado Rocky Mountains to raise money for Children's Hospital Colorado Heart Institute. I have worked in the CPCU for 8 years now, and while I am incredibly grateful we personally have never needed their services, I am so proud and honored to serve the patients in the Heart Institute.
This year I have the honor of riding for Leo. "Leo was born at 33 weeks at Children’s Hospital Colorado after doctors discovered that he had a severely underdeveloped aorta and abnormal mitral valve. He had his first surgery to repair his aorta at two weeks old along with a mitral valve repair a few weeks later with the hope that he would make it long enough to get a valve replacement when he was bigger. After spending a couple of weeks at home, Leo was readmitted twice to the Cardiac ICU in respiratory distress. The second admission, it was apparent that Leo’s stenotic mitral valve was not growing and all options of managing it had been exhausted. Leo would need a heart transplant.
Three days later, Leo had a cardiac arrest. The outstanding CICU team gave him CPR for 45 minutes and he was placed on ECMO. After his heart and lungs recovered for two days, he went on a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) that would take over for his left heart until he could get a transplant.
After six long weeks of complications with a chylothorax, Leo got on the transplant list and received his new heart on Mother’s Day. He is now sitting up on his own, talking nonstop to his twin brother Derek and learning to eat! Leo is looking forward to meeting Alyse at the finish line this year!"
Please join me in raising money for those who need our help, like Leo, and in appreciation for all our loved ones who do not.