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July 19, 2004 - Courage Classic Achieves Miracles

What: 15th Annual Courage Classic to benefit The Children’s Hospital

Where: Leadville, Copper Mountain Resort, Summit County: 162 mile bicycle tour

When: July 17, 18, 19, 2004

Ticket Prices: $250 pledge per rider

Beneficiary: Patients at The Children’s Hospital which serves a 13-state region

Catering: Dugal's

Entertainment: The Nacho Men played on Sunday night

Music: Volunteering for major sponsor, 850 KOA, Pat Downey spun tunes all three days

Of note: Over 1,700 riders participated, most notably Team Courage a group of exceptional kids from the Children’s Hospital Handicapped Sports Program.

Sponsors: Gold Level: 5280 Magazine, America’s Credit Union, Enterprise, Denver Daily News, Campus Cycles, 850 KOA, AMC Theatres; Silver Level: Peaberry Coffee, Eldorado Natural Spring Water, Pepsi, Copper Mountain Resort, EAS AdvantEdge, Naked Juice, The Colorado Springs Independent, Great Harvest Bread Co.; Bronze Level: Dougal’s Catering Service, GenSoy, hannadesign, AmericaWest Airlines, Boulder Sausage, Coleman Natural Meats, Rudy Project, Dreyer’s, Mountain High Yogurt, Copper Mountain Resort Chamber, Boulder Potato Company, Dilley Printing, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Tyson, Classic Party Rental, Kuner’s, LaMar’s Donuts, US Foodservice, LeMond, Finster Bros, Colorado Potatoes, Rocky Mountain Sports Magazine, White Wave, Enterprise Rent-a-Car; Mechanical Support: Schwab Cycles, Campus Cycles, Criterium Bicycles, Pro Peloton, Lee’s Cyclery & Fitness, Treads Bicycle outfitters

Quote of the evening: From a Mom: "Kids need a kids' hospital. And there's no comparison with Children's; the compassion and expertise they demonstrate makes my son feel comfortable every time he's there for treatment."

Attendance: 1700 riders + 1 volunteer for every 3 riders

Attire: Lots of spandex, as in bicycling clothing

Special Thanks: Andy Hamsten, former Tour de France cyclist announced that he will be donating a cycling trip through Tuscany to the top five fundraisers.

Information: www.couragetours.com, or call 303-456-9704

Event Coordinator: Raymond Saperstein and John Eddy

Board of Directors: Trustees: Steve Winesett, President (Children's Hospital Foundation); Ann Aronovitz, Michele Ashby, Pam Bard, Dori Biester, PhD, RN, President and CEO (Children's Hospital); Kaia Borgen, Barbara Bridges, Molly Broeren, Eleanor Caulkins, Jan Cortez, Mary Gittings Cronin, Peter Culshaw, Steve Farber, Caleb Gates, Jr., Cannon (Cy) Harvey, John Ikard, David P. Kaplan, David J. Kasper, Kelly G. Kennedy, Rich L. Kylberg, Manuel L. Martinez, Kim O’Donnell, Mary Osborn, Virginia Reiman, Pat Spieles, Richard E. Stoddard, Brian Thomson, Carol Vogel, Joseph E. Wagner, Laura Wright

Blacktie Photos by: Stacy Ohlsson




Imagine a miracle.

Every time a parent walks in to Children’s Hospital with a child in critical need of expert care, they imagine a miracle. And miracles do happen, especially at Denver’s Children’s Hospital.

To help perpetuate the miracles, over 1700 bicyclists including current and former patients of Children’s, rode 162 miles, traveling over four mountain passes and around scenic lakes July 17, 18 and 19. Each rider was responsible for raising a minimum of $250 in pledges.

But the fundraising didn’t stop at $250. Several teams were recognized on July 18 for their fundraising efforts last year. Steve Winesett, President and CEO of the Children’s Hospital Foundation, when recognizing the high fundraisers, stated that fundraising is important, but we are really here for the kids.

“Spin Doctors” raised over $123,000 and “Research Riders” were second at raising $84,000 through pledges in 2003. Rumor has it that this year, the team of Research Riders, with 120 members, will top out with over $150,000 in pledges. Cycling is indeed a competitive sport!

Team “Hearts in Action” joined to celebrate the life of Danielle Hosford, who recently lost her life after a battle with osteo-carcinoma. Steve Winesett: “She was a hero and an inspiration for everyone fortunate enough to know her. At Children’s she was a patient, a volunteer and an advocate.” An artist, poet and potential philanthropist, Danielle implemented a holiday card program and created a magazine for patients titled The Crutch.

Hundreds of stories of hope pass through the corridors of Children’s Hospital, and Danielle’s legacy is only one of them. Imagine if every patient had a team riding in their honor at the Courage Classic.

The annual Courage Classic Bicycle Tour has raised over $11.6 million since its inception in 1989, thanks to the ambitious efforts of team members, individual riders and volunteers.

Events like this don’t happen without volunteers. Also recognized on July 18 were the volunteers who have remained faithful to the cause for the last 15 years, including: June Anderson, Lynn Harkness, Linda Nusbaum and Wayne Raleigh. Volunteer positions that some don’t even consider in an event of this magnitude include aid stations, which this year provided nutritious snacks and drinks with themes ranging from “Margaritaville” to the Olympics in Athens.

The Courage Classic has so many dedicated volunteers that there is one for every three riders. And many of those volunteers are patients, wanting to give something back to the community that made them healthy.

Several cyclists were honored for devoting their fundraising acumen and cycling skills each of the 15 years. Continuous dedication from the community is what makes an event like this successful.

Many “movers and shakers” from the Denver metro area rode in support of Children’s Hospital, including 850 KOA NewsRadio’s Steve Kelly, Susie Wargen and Jerry Bell.

As Children’s Hospital affects every community, from Denver to 13 states and beyond, Steve Paccagnan, stated that, “Kids are the focus of our lives.” The Copper Mountain Resort President announced that in recognition of the 15th Anniversary of the Courage Classic, this ski season the resort will provide the opportunity for 25 patients and their chaperones to spend a day at Copper, including transportation, lift tickets, equipment, lessons and lunch. “Kids are the focus of our lives.”

Founded in 1908, The Children's Hospital is a private, non-profit pediatric health care network. Children's is home to a number of nationally and internationally recognized medical programs, providing urgent and after-care to children through centers located throughout the west.

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