CHaD Dad Gears Up for HERO Half-century Ride

Our son Parker was born at 27 weeks 2 days, and was 2 pounds 2 ounces at birth. Thankfully he had no outstanding health issues, but he did spend 84 days in the Intensive Care Nursery (ICN), and continues to receive outpatient pediatric treatment. He and my wife received outstanding care at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD). Parker is now one year old, growing quickly, and developing a fascinating personality (on display below).

parker quad photo

My wife and I are eternally grateful for the care that Parker received in the ICN and continues to receive at CHaD. It was this gratitude that pushed me to sign up for the 2019 CHaD HERO 50 mile bike ride. In addition, I received a hip replacement at Dartmouth-Hitchcock in June and am motivated to complete the half-century ride to hasten my own recovery while supporting the CHaD HERO. My work on the board of directors at David’s House completes the intersection of our lives with CHaD.

Parker Watts with dog
I’m riding for this guy!

In short, I’m participating in this year’s 50 mile bike ride for three important reasons:

  1. Parker continues to receive incredible care at CHaD;
  2. There’s a natural relationship between David’s House and CHaD;
  3. The ride will be held four months after getting my new hip – I love a goal!

Support CHaD kids like Parker by joining me on October 20th for the 2019 CHaD HERO!

– Parker’s dad, David Watts