Our family is riding the 2020 Children's Hospital Colorado Courage Classic in support of our son, Julien, and all children like him who receive extraordinary care at Children's!
Julien was born in 2015 with severe aortic stenosis and underwent a balloon valvuloplasty via heart catheter at four days old. As a result of the procedure, Julien now has severe aortic insufficiency as well as stenosis and will need open heart surgery to repair his damaged aortic valve.
Julien hasn't for one minute let these physical limitations stop him. Whether in the mountains of Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, where we live now, or in the Alps of Germany and Austria, Julien hikes up any mountain in front of him. He also loves cycling, swimming, and playing soccer. There isn't a sport Julien won't try!
This year's virtual Courage Classic is a unique way for our family to take part from Estes Park. We will be cycling the 10-mile family ride this weekend.
Thank you to everyone who supports Julien and our family in our CHD journey!