Quarterly Update - June 2023


How we are reaching MORE families!

We have updated our mission to retain some donations at home to be housed at the Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado. This expansion allows us to provide gas and lodging assistance for those traveling to ANY pediatric hospital or specialty location outside of Southwest Colorado. The Durango/Southwestern Colorado areas defined for access to these funds includes La Plata, Montezuma, Dolores, San Miguel, San Juan and Archuleta counties in Colorado.

We are so grateful for our Durango Derailers Team riders, business sponsors, event planners and individual donors that ride strong and fund-raise with passion for our cause to make our mission possible!

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2022 Donation Total = $223,749.10

A huge thank you to everyone who makes our mission possible. The Corporate Sponsors, The Donors, The Riders, and the Dancers. You ALL make this happen for our kids!


January to March 2023:

  • 36 families served
  • We are on track to help over 150 families this year!
  • At only a quarter of the way through the year, we are already at 38% of our total 2022 numbers. This means we are reaching more families than last year!
  • Demand is ramping up as more patients are returning post-COVID, as well as more families hearing about our fund!

Did you know...

  • In 2022, 85 families benefited from the Durango Derailers Patient Assistance Fund. That's over 3 families EVERY two weeks!
  • This number is half of what it used to be due to newly implemented fund restrictions at Children's Hospital Colorado. By expanding our mission, fundraising locally, and building funds at the Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado we expect this number to multiply greatly and serve more families!



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

Link to YouTube


Family Spotlight

Dear Durango Derailers,

Wyatt has been going to see Doctors and specialists for nearly all of his life, more so these past few months unfortunately. It has been such a blessing to not have the stress of hotel and gas added to our plate. We are able to focus on Wyatt and getting him the care he needs, because of Durango Derailers! Our family cannot say thank you enough to all of the donors! We appreciate you all more than you will ever know!

Thank you 💙

The Kaplan Family


Coca-Cola of Durango partnered with Durango Derailers Patient Assistance Fund this year to support our mission to help our local families. Supporting community is a cornerstone of Coca-Cola of Durango, therefore, joining us through sponsorship of our Team Durango Derailers and having riders on our team for the Iron Horse Classic Climb for Kids was a perfect way for them to become involved. Because of partners like Coca-Cola of Durango we are able to provide children with hope and support to get them the pediatric specialty care they need. 


Courage Classic

  • July 15-16, 2023
  • 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.

Dancing With The Durango Stars

  • October 20 at St Columba School
  • This couples dance competition is our biggest fundraising event of the year & it's a whole lot of fun!

Thank you for the incredible turn out at the Graze & Fundraise event on May 24th! It was a great way to kick off the Iron Horse ride and bring the cycling team together! This was our first year partnering to fundraise with Grassburger, and we look forward to it becoming an annual favorite gathering!


This past weekend 51 riders put on a Durango Derailers team jersey and 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!! Below are pictures of a few of our awesome team riders!

Do you have any pictures from the Iron Horse this year? Or any pictures in your Durango Derailers jersey? We'd love for you to send them to us!


Have you seen our recent Rider Spotlights on our social media? Click the pictures below to learn more about who they are & why they are climbing for kids again this year!


The Courage Classic Cycling Event is July 15th-16th. This incredible 2 day riding event is based at Copper Mountain and takes bikers through Summit County. The Durango Derailers Team has been riding in the Courage Classic (our original riding event) for 16 years!

This year we are partnering with the "Psyched To Climb" team to add more focus on the mental health needs of our local kids. These kids fight big battles every day. Let’s join them in this ride of courage, determination and strength to show them that we support them.

Click the buttons below for more information on the ride routes, or to register for an unforgettable weekend of the some of the best riding in the state!

The early registration discount has been extended to June 15th!

Ride Route Information
Register for Event
Team Letter


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!

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PO Box 1673

Durango, CO 81302


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