MultiCare Foundations has made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person portion of the Mary Bridge Children’s Courage cycling event on August 28-29. The event will continue as a virtual fundraising event.
After canceling the in-person Courage event in 2020, we had planned to return to an in-person event this August. Recently, the highly contagious delta variant of COVID-19 has been spreading rapidly across the country and in our state, causing a major surge in cases and hospitalizations. It is by far the most concerning variant to date. Following the advice of MultiCare clinical leaders and public health experts, we have decided to cancel the in-person event based in Leavenworth.
At MultiCare, we believe there is no higher priority than the safety of our employees, patients, volunteers and the communities we serve. Our mission, vision and values give us a responsibility to deliver the best possible care, which includes doing everything we can to protect ourselves and our patients from disease.
The virtual event will continue as planned to raise critical funding for Mary Bridge Children’s child abuse treatment and prevention programs. We hope you will continue your commitment to the event cause.
We understand you may have questions regarding commitment already made to Courage.
- Registration Refunds: We will issue refunds upon request. If you would like a refund of your $25 registration, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by August 20. After August 20, we will convert all fees into donations supporting child abuse prevention and treatment programs at Mary Bridge Children’s.
- Hotel reservations: Accommodations booked by riders will need to be cancelled by the riders. Icicle Village will not charge rooms until 48 hours prior to check-in.
What’s not changing?
- The impact of giving. Children are at high risk of abuse due to the impact of COVID-19 on our communities. Insurance does not cover all medical care costs associated with abuse — especially sexual abuse — leaving victims with limited options.
Courage participants and donors can support victims of child abuse by ensuring children have access to the following services they need to seek justice and healing:
- Trauma and mental health screens for all children age four and older at the Child Advocacy Center
- Social determinants of health screens to address resource needs for every caregiver
- Developing a trauma-informed mental health network to meet the needs of kids and families impacted by child abuse in conjunction with Kids’ Mental Health Pierce County
- Providing a continuum of care for children who have witnessed a loved one’s death from interpersonal violence
- The fundraising incentives. Participants can still fundraise to earn their jersey and t-shirts. Fundraising will continue through September 30.
We appreciate your understanding. If you have any questions or would like a refund of your registration, please email email@example.com or call 360-865-2469.