SUPPORT TEAM PARKER IN THE COURAGE CLASSIC BIKE TOUR
In November, 2001, Independence Institute president, Jon Caldara, received the worst news possible from the doctors at Children’s Hospital. His happy, gregarious 11-month-old daughter, Parker, was diagnosed with a rare choroid plexus carcinoma, a cancer in the parts of the brain that produce spinal fluid. It almost always strikes kids younger than 18 months, and is almost always fatal. Jon lost his beautiful “Super Parker” on November 13, 2001.
In 2010, Tracy Kimball Smith of the Independence Institute formed Team Parker. Every summer, Team Parker rides in Parker’s memory in the Courage Classic, a fundraising bike tour for Children’s Hospital. We ride to honor Parker and also to raise money for Children’s Hospital to help other parents and kids facing similar situations.
Over the last eight years, we have raised $88,514 for Children’s Hospital. Damon Sasso, our VP of Operations will be riding with us this year. Please consider supporting Children’s Hospital by donating to Tracy or Damon below.
Jon Caldara, has put out a FUNDRAISING CHALLENGE. If Team Parker can raise $20,000, he has agreed to ride with Team Parker. $20,000 would not only put us over the $100,000 mark for total fundraising, but it would get Jon to put on those ridiculous spandex bike shorts.