KUSA - 2,000 cyclists will participate in the annual Courage Classic bike tour this weekend (July 20 to 22) to benefit Children's Hospital Colorado. The three-day tour originated at Copper Mountain each day, winding throughout Summit County .
The money raised supports Children's Fund for Children's Hospital Colorado. Children's Fund gifts allow the hospital to quickly improve the care we offer to every child who walks through their doors. Children's Colorado served 186,277 patients in 2012, and they expect to see even more infants, kids and teens in the years to come.
Six-year-old Laird Krodel-Smith was a cancer patient at Children's in March of 2011. A small lump in his throat had grown to 3 inches in diameter. What was supposed to be a one-hour, outpatient surgery turned into a 5-hour ordeal and the beginning of his cancer journey. Laird had Burkitt's Lymphoma, a rare, aggressive but curable form of cancer.
Today Laird is in remission and has had six clear tests, a 7th one hopefully coming in August. He's raised over $20,000 for the Courage Classic and will ride in the second day of the event. His mom and dad will also ride and raise money for the Children's.
A portion of Courage Classic fundraising also goes to the Hospital Sports Program that helps kids with physical disabilities find new courage and freedom from physical challenges through activities like skiing, snowboarding, fishing, and cycling.
Children's Hospital Colorado is the only nonprofit children's hospital in the region. To donate to any Team or rider in this year's event, visit www.couragetours.com. Search be rider name and/or team to donate.
9News is proud to once again have a team in the Courage Classic. Sports Anchor Susie Wargin will be riding in her 17th Courage Classic and has raised over $23,000 during that span.