Time Station 17: Dedicating South Fork to Mathias

To get to South Fork, Len first made the summit of RAAM, Wolf Creek Pass and The Continental Divide at 10,857 feet. That's over 2 miles high! At TS17, Len has 1/3 of the race behind him. Thank you to the Colorado Powderhounds, Len’s friends Jim and Kelly Smith and a very generous group of skiers from Chicago, Illinois for your support of Hopecam.

At the highest time station on the course, Len dedicates his ride to Mathias from Leesburg, Virginia, who was an inspiration to so many throughout his brave battle, and whose legacy lives on through an initiative to raise awareness for childhood cancer. Thank you to his parent Roya for sharing this story:

"Mathias was diagnosed with Metastatic Osteosarcoma in July of 2012 at the age of 11. He fought really hard for his life for 29 months. He had over 30 rounds of high dose chemo treatments, radiation, 3 thoracotomies, an amputation of his right leg below the knee, and multiple clinical trials. Mathias passed away on December 7, 2014.

During Mathias' intense treatment he spent a lot of time in the hospital and was disconnected from his friends and classmates. Hopecam made it possible for him to stay connected and in touch with the world outside of the hospital walls. This truly helped his spirit and kept him busy.

Mathias was a beautiful, brave young man with the most positive outlook to life. He loved family, food and soccer. He was kind, thoughtful and always saw the glass as half full, He never gave up hope and fought so fearlessly during his journey. He is loved and missed by many.

His legacy is giving us hope for a brighter future and a CURE for others. The Mathias Bill passed and was approved shortly after he passed away and now we have about 2,000 motor vehicles in the Commonwealth of Virginia driving around with the 'Cure Childhood Cancer' specialty license plate."  

About South Fork
South Fork, Colorado provides visitors with many different activities, such as hunting, fishing, skiing, golf, horseback riding, and wildlife viewing. Prior to 1868, the Capote (Kapota) band of Ute Indians lived throughout the region of the southwest that includes the San Luis Valley. South Fork, in its early stages, was a settlement called Baxterville. After the arrival of the railroads in 1882, South Fork became a regional hub for supplying timber. The development of the Wolf Creek Pass and ski lodge has made South Fork a Colorado tourist staple for nearly 100 years.