Bike Team Durango Derailers is riding in its 9th year for Courage Classic. We have successfully raised almost $300,000 in the past 4 years. This money is housed in the Durango Derailers fund at CHCO (Children's Hospital Colorado). This fund is accessed by families living in SW Colorado to help with travel expenses when they need to go to CHCO for a higher level of pediatric specialty care (outpatient or inpatient). The fund provides gas cards and hotel assistance. In a year, the fund has over 500 family uses, averaging 1-2 family uses a day!
Children who have recently used the funds include those needing visits at CHCO for congenital cataracts, VP shunt evaluation by neurosurgery, seizure workups, congenital heart surgery, management for cystic fibrosis, management for liver and heart transplant, spinal cord tumor treatment, cancer survivors post treatment needing annual surveillance, pediatric colonoscopies, genetics evaluation and management for children with chromosomal defects and many more acute care visits, inpatient stays and consultations.
CHCO sends their specialists to Durango for pediatric outreach clinic to save families the drive as well These pediatric specialty outreach clinics include cardiology, neurology, rehabilitation, genetics, pulmonology, orthopedics and diabetes. New for 2015-2016, will be the addition of pediatric sleep medicine and additional specialties via enhanced telemedicine.
More information about our team and the fund can be found at www.durangoderailers.com