After experiencing care of his own at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Denver as a child, and having his 3-month-old son undergo surgery at Children’s Colorado, Doug Dennison took advantage of an opportunity to give back to a place that has helped his family over two generations.
For the second year, Doug will be riding with the Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA) Cycling Team for the Courage Classic bike tour, held in Copper Mountain July 22-23. Doug, an active mountain biker turned cyclist, is preparing to overcome the challenging Vail Pass and Copper Triangle this year.
Doug’s journey at Children’s Colorado started when he was a newborn. His family lived in Gunnison, Colo., but Doug was born in Denver and received a complete blood transfusion, a procedure for newborns with jaundice. Doug was brought home a few days later as a happy and healthy baby.
Fast forward several decades, when Doug’s son, Noah, also required Children’s Colorado’s services as a newborn after he was diagnosed with several medical conditions, including a tied tongue and a hernia, that required multiple surgeries at once
“Having a place like Children’s Colorado that specializes in treating a baby with the conditions my son had and the environment that was there to make parents really comfortable was invaluable,” said Doug.
Since then, Doug’s 13-year-old daughter and now 20-year-old son have not had to revisit Children’s Colorado. However, it’s important to Doug to continue giving back to a place where so many other children receive the care they need.
Last year, Doug’s first year riding was one to remember. The COGA Cycling Team helps to train young new cyclists by pairing them with the more experienced riders. Last year, Doug was the only seasoned rider who was able to ride on the last day of the Courage Classic.
“When I was riding into Breckenridge with the young athletes, I felt like I was in the Tour de France being protected by the pack of them,” said Doug.
This year, Doug is looking forward to riding with the new and experienced cyclists once again to support a cause that has helped his family throughout the generations.