Denver Bar Association
February 2009
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Wheels of Justice: It just feels good!

by Aaron P. Bradford

One of the first really cool things growing up that everyone learns to do as a kid is ride a bike.

The first time my grandmother took off my training wheels, rolled me out into the street and told me I could do it myself stands out as if it happened yesterday (those of you who have seen me ride may suspect it was yesterday). Perhaps I recall this moment for the freedom I felt — the freedom to do what I thought was impossible the day before. Perhaps I remember this moment so well because as I looked away from the watchful eye of my grandmother, I looked, then tasted, the grill of a Ford Heavy Duty, parked next door.

I replay this moment in my mind each time I cross the finish line of the Courage Classic, a three-day ride in the Rockies that benefits The Children’s Hospital of Denver. A life threatening illness can strike any family, at any moment. For more than 100 years, The Children’s Hospital has been a world leader in all aspects of pediatric care, forging new and innovative solutions to conditions previously thought untreatable.

As a newly minted father, I recently witnessed at The Children’s Hospital the tenderness and precision with which care is provided to the smallest and most delicate among us. I overheard a nurse preparing a young girl for surgery by encouraging her to inspect the tubing, the mask and the equipment that would be used during and after her surgery. This comforting hand, coupled with the immense skills of the surgical team, enabled this young girl to embrace her care and look forward to her future health. As I waited for my own son to come out of surgery, the young girl’s father in the waiting room calmly told me: "This group handles the biggest and most complex cases in the world, every day. Experience in those cases makes the simple, or even the complex, a matter of routine. We all benefit."

Having the very best pediatric care down the street is a benefit that the CBA/DBA Wheels of Justice Cycling Team does not take for granted. Inspired by these countless success stories, the Wheels of Justice will saddle up again to raise funds and get fit by riding in the 2009 Courage Classic.

Over the past three years, Wheels of Justice has raised nearly $575,000, with support from hundreds of cyclists of all skill levels. Sponsorships from law firms and local businesses have been essential in this success, donating more than $175,000. Firm and corporate sponsorships enable our amazing riders to average more than $1,000 each in fundraising, with some raising as much as $13,500. The Children’s Hospital Center for Cancer and Blood Borne Disorders will again be the direct benefactor of the funds raised by the Wheels of Justice.

The 2008 Wheels of Justice team smiles after their trek through the Rocky Mountains. Over the past three years, the team has raised nearly $575,000 for The Children’s Hospital.  Photo by Dave Anderson/Backcountry Images

Now in its fourth year, the training wheels are off, and the Wheels of Justice set its goal to raise $250,000 in 2009. Fundraising has begun, and riders can begin signing up for the team as of Feb. 1. Firm and corporate sponsorships range from $20,000 down to $2,500. Please contact the DBA’s Dawn Archuleta at (303) 824-5327 if you or your firm would like sponsor this year’s team. Even in this economy, sponsorship of children’s health just feels good! For more information, please visit www.wheelsofjusticecycling.org or www.couragetours.com.


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