I believe in supporting Children's Hospital by riding in Courage Classic because of the care we received during a scary episode in our family.
Around 1am one night three years ago, my little daughter Hazel started vomiting every few minutes for almost an hour. She just couldn't stop. Each time, Sharon and I grew more worried, until we were really scared.
We had no idea how to help her, and that's one of the worst feelings a parent can have. She was so little -- just a baby! It was nothing short of terrifying.
When we saw that Children's Hospital North had a 24-hour Emergency Room, we drove there immediately. We wanted to get Hazel the best care possible.
As soon as we arrived at Children's, they took us to a treatment room before I could even start the paperwork. No waiting, no delays -- they shared our sense of urgency, and made it a priority to get us with an expert right away.
They took us seriously. It meant so much... I'm even getting a bit choked up writing about it today.
Soon, they gave Hazel something that stopped the vomiting almost immediately. What a relief. After nearly two hours of throwing up, Hazel was exhausted, her little body pale and limp. But now she could sleep! As you can see in the photo above, I was tired enough to catch a little nap too.
Obviously, our incident was minor, relative to the conditions many parents are dealing with at Children's Hospital, but it showed us that we have a trustworthy resource nearby, no matter the severity of the problem. I know I can go somewhere I will be heard, and my concerns as a parent respected.
That's why I want to help fund the work of Children's Hospital through the Courage Classic.
I hope you'll join me!