2023 End of Year Newsletter

Thank you for another successful year of helping us reach and serve more families! We were able to serve more families than ever before! Whether you helped fundraise, volunteer, donate, or spread the word, you played an integral part in giving more children hope this year! Thank you for helping make our mission possible!

2023 Donation Total = $202,362.62


January to October 2023:

  • 121 families served - that means we are currently helping over THREE families per WEEK! However, we have been growing rapidly this year, and if we look at numbers for the last 4 months, we have been helping over FIVE families per week!
  • 2023 total numbers coming soon!

Did you know...

  • In 2022, 85 families benefited from the Durango Derailers Patient Assistance Fund. That's over 3 families every two weeks!



Dear Durango Derailers,

I cannot express how grateful I am for your continued support over the last 2 years! Since birth, my daughter Ella Grace has required very specific, unique and frequent medical care. Traveling to Colorado Springs and Denver on a regular basis is a normal part of our life. Because of your financial support I am given the opportunity to say no thank you to stress surrounding her travel days. That gift is priceless. 

💚 The Forrest Family


Grassburger Graze & Fundraise

  • TBD, in May
  • 10% of proceeds from your order will be donated to DDPAF!

Iron Horse Bicycle Classic

  • May 24-26, 2024
  • We still have room on our roster! Click here to find out more.

Courage Classic

  • July 20-21, 2024
  • An incredible two day hosted ride through Summit County. Funds raised will benefit the mental health needs of our local kids as we partner with Psyched to Climb. More details to come soon.

Dancing With The Durango Stars

  • TBD, Fall of 2024
  • This couples dance competition is one of our biggest fundraising event of the year & it's a whole lot of fun!


Thank you to the following sponsors for the 2023 Dancing with the Durango Stars event!

April’s Garden, High Peaks Media,

Ore House, Durango Tango,

Laura’s Artisan, & Shimmy Mob


We have revamped our intake process in order to make it easier and less time-consuming for families to access our funds. It is all electronic now there is and no need to print and email or fax. We are excited for this update and hope we can reach more families through it.

If you know of families that are traveling out of our area for pediatric specialty care, please have them fill out an intake form by clicking the button below:

Electronic Intake Form


Did you catch our Co-Directors on the Durango Local News? If you missed it, you can watch it here!

Link to YouTube

Dancing with the Durango Stars

This past October, fourteen local stars and leaders provided Durango with an unforgettable night of dancing and fun. Together, with all of our friends, family, and community attendees, we were able to raise over $37,000 for the Durango Derailers Patient Assistance Fund. The Dancing Duo who raised the most donation dollars was Anna Denali and Mike Benton. Mindy Walk and Chris Lile came in second, followed by Ashley Miller and Matthew Smolin. Martha Ann & Jarod Rogers were awarded the judges best dancer award.

We are thankful for each and every performer, attendee, event sponsor, volunteer, and vote that helped make this such a successful event. Below are a few pictures from the evening's entertainment.

Thank you High Peaks Media - Dakota Ross Photography for the great photos!

Year in Review

Graze & Fundraise - while Grassburger donated 10% of their sales for the day to DDPAF, we also got to bring the cycling team together for dinner to kick off the Iron Horse ride as well as showcase and distribute our custom team jersey!

Iron Horse Bicycle Classic - 51 riders donning the Durango Derailers team jersey rode in the 51st Iron Horse Bicycle Classic. These athletes pedaled to bring HOPE and COURAGE to our local kids, collecting over $30,000 in donations! We are so thankful for each and every one of them!!

Courage Classic - Nicole Manfredonia joined 57 other riders on the Psyched to Climb team at the Courage Classic in Summit County. Psyched to Climb is an organization we have recently partnered with to focus on the mental health needs of our local kids. This is the 17th year the Durango Derailers Team has ridden in the Courage Classic!

Dancing with the Durango Stars - highlighted above

Colorado Gives Day - our first time participating in the state-wide effort to support non-profits in Colorado. We look forward to participating in this event again next year!


Have you seen our recent Spotlights on our social media? Click the pictures below to learn more about who they are & why they are on our team!

Quarterly Update Jan23
Family Spotlight


We appreciate our sponsors who continue to donate year after year. No matter the amount, it sure adds up! The following sponsors have hit some big milestones. Thank you for showing up for us year after year!!

15+ Years:

-Pediatric Partners of Southwest Colorado

10+ Years:

-Alpine Bank

-Four Corners OBGYN

-Joe Clair / Keller Williams

-Mountain Bike Specialists

5+ Years:

-Baird Wealth (Helms/Shadid) 

-Custom Touch Builders

-GAIA Creative

-Grenadier Financial

-Groove U

-Hood Mortuary

-Mercy Regional Medical Center

-Spine Colorado


Looking for a new t-shirt or sweatshirt? Want to represent The Durango Derailers Patient Assistance Fund? Check out our online Bonfire store to order gear for your whole family. Orders will be delivered directly to you, and a portion of the proceeds comes back to our mission of serving kids in need.


  • Share our facebook & instagram pages with your friends and family.
  • Know someone traveling outside of our area for pediatric medical care? Share our website and cause with them - we’d love to reach more families!
  • Know someone that wants to join our cause by participating in our events or giving a monthly donation? We would love to have them join our team!
  • Can we add someone you know to our newsletter?

Thank you for your continued support, we couldn't do it without you!

Join our Monthly Donor Club!

We now have a recurring donation option!

Whether it’s a dollar a month or twenty dollars a month,

your support helps to sustain our mission and giving kids hope!

2023 Diamond Club Sponsors:

2023 Platinum Club Sponsors:

PO Box 1673

Durango, CO 81302


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