Anyone that has met Cortnie knows she is is full of life. She is the most optimistic person I know, always caring for others, and a Christian. Her smile makes you feel good. She loves being outdoors enjoying the sunshine and we spend as much time as we can doing just that. I'm proud to be her husband and have Cortnie as my best friend.
On July 8th, 2017 we drove to Denver for a bike ride to train for the upcoming Copper Triangle 78 mile bike ride. It was a beautiful day to ride and we set out to cover 40 miles along a paved trail commonly used by bikers and joggers. At times we would ride side-by-side when the trail was open and talk to each other just enjoying the time together. We were over halfway in our ride as we started down a long straight away. Two bikers were well ahead of us coming the opposite direction. I slowed and dropped in behind Cortnie to make the pass. Just before Cortnie reached the bikers going in the opposite direction one of them suddenly fell over right in her path. She didn't even have time to hit her brakes when she struck the downed biker. She went over her handlebars head first into the concrete. In an instant our lives were changed.
Cortnie laid face-down, unconscious in a pool of blood. Other bikers came along to assist and eventually, what seemed like eternity, directed paramedics to where we were. Cortnie regained consciousness in the ambulance but unable to clearly communicate. We were taken to Swedish Medical Center in Englewood Colorado, a trauma one hospital. CT scan showed bleeding on the brain. It was a miracle Cortnie had no broken bones as she had deep lacerations and swelling on her face, shoulder, arm, chest, and legs. She recognized who I was and held my hand tightly. There we were in a city we don't live wearing our biking clothes with only the saddlebags I grabbed off the bikes. Helplessness doesn't begin to describe the feelings.
By God's will I was able to contact Cortnie's boss who sent a message to her colleagues that had been hiking near Denver that day and were coming down from the mountains. Cortnie works for Community Bible Study, a global Christian organization. Within an hour we had support at the hospital. She had people all around the World praying for her that day. Here starts Cortnie's journey of a full recovery from a traumatic brain injury with the support of family, friends, and the power of God on her side!