Sixty-seven years ago today (July 9, 1953) I was the first child to have open-heart surgery at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Many of you have heard my story, however I think it is appropriate to tell it again today. Last summer I was invited to join the current cardiac team and the family of my surgeon to celebrate the success. We were joined by Kathy Walsh and Chanel 4 News. Here is the link to the story. https://denver.cbslocal.com/2019/08/12/christel-walrath-first-open-heart-patient-returns-childrens-hospital-colorado/
As a part of the visit I was invited to participate in the Courage Classic joining the Cardiac Climbers team to support the Heart Institute. The race/ride is a wonderful opportunity for providers, patients and family to connect and cheer for each other outside the hospital environment held in Copper Mountain/Vail Pass area. This year July 18th and 19th, as you know, the event is virtual. I am planning to do two rides in the Laramie area on July 18th (13 miles) and 19th (5 miles). I hope you will also do a ride, walk, scooter, tennis match, go fishing or enjoy a cup of tea to honor child patients and especially critically ill children from Wyoming and their families who have received or are receiving care. Please let me know about your activity: where, how many friends, how long, favorite part. I will compile a journal to share with my virtual group. All donations will be matched up to $1000. If you feel you can support me, the Cardiac Climbers team, and the Heart Institute at Children’s Hospital Colorado please click on the green "donate now" button. Paper checks may be made out to Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation sent to me at 3429 Wyatt Ct. Laramie, WY. 82070. Any gift would be greatly appreciated.
Many of you know children who have been or are being treated for serious conditions at Children’s Hospital Colorado. In 2019 the Heart Institute alone treated 33 Wyoming inpatient cases and 1300 outpatient visits. If you have a story about the wonderful care children receive at Children’s Hospital Colorado, please share.
Thank you so much.