Dixson family rides to benefit The Children's Hospital


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Editor's note: The following story originally appeared in Thursday's Steamboat Today. This version has been corrected to identify Tait Dixson as the boy who overcame a head injury.

When Tait Dixson crashed on Howelsen Hill in January 2006, the reality of head trauma set in for the Dixson family.

Tait had to be flown to Denver via Flight for Life.

Not understanding the full spectrum of what was to come, the Dixson family - like so many others - found comfort in The Children's Hospital.

Tait took a year off of snow and other sports and is now back to full health. But Tait's father, Greg Dixson, said none of that would have been possible without the help of The Children's Hospital.

"Head injuries are so misunderstood," Greg Dixson said. "But (hospital staff) not only treat the patient, but they treat the family. They educate the family."

So for the third time, the Dixson family competed in the Courage Classic, a fundraiser that generally brings in more than $2 million for The Children's Hospital.

The ride - which was Saturday through Monday - takes place in some of Colorado's most beautiful terrain.

It starts in Leadville, goes over Tennessee Pass into Vail, and over Vail Pass back to Copper Mountain. The second day goes from Copper to Frisco and Silverthorne before heading north over Ute Pass and back to Copper Mountain.

The final day climbs Fremont Pass into Turquoise Lake and back to Leadville.

All told, riders bike more than 150 miles.

Although the ride is limited to 2,000 participants, in its 20 years it's raised more than $20 million for the hospital.

"It's all for The Children's Hospital," said Greg Dixson, who has done the ride for three years. "It's all for a good cause. I mean what better cause is there than kids."

Along with Greg Dixson, his children Dane, Linnea and Sarah all competed with Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club coach Ben Clark. Moots lent several bikes to the team.

"The real story is the volunteers and the kids that are former and current patients that ride. They are really inspiring," Greg Dixson said. "We enjoy the three days and enjoy helping out kids that really need some help. We feel lucky. You can't help but go there and not feel lucky you can do the things you do."


Martha D Young 7 years, 8 months ago

Thank you Greg, Tait ,Sarah and Linnea for your admirable efforts on behalf of Childrens' Hospital. Your contribution to the hospital and to people's awareness of the devastation brain injuries can cause is invaluable.


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