We are more than excited to welcome Lacey Buchanan and her sweet family as honorary guests of the CleftStrong 5k this year! Lacey and her husband, Chris know all too well the challenges of raising a child with the special needs that accompany craniofacial conditions. Their first son, Christian was born blind with Tessier cleft lip and palate, classifications 3, 4 and 5, a condition so rare that it is reported as one of only fifty known cases in the world. Christian's condition was caused by amniotic band syndrome where fibrous bands in the womb attached to his face and restricted blood flow during fetal development. You have probably seen Lacey's powerful video that went viral several years ago which introduced the world to their heartfelt journey one notecard at a time. This one video shook the world, but it would soon prove to be just the beginning.
Lacey released her book, Through the Eyes of Hope in January, 2017 and she has spent the past few years traveling the country, touching lives with one truly inspiring message of relentless faith, prayer, and hope. She dedicates this book to "every parent of a child with special needs who has ever felt burned out, run-down, stretched too thin, overwhelmed, or ill equipped and she sends one sweet message of hope: God has called you, and He will equip you. Your circumstances don't define you, nor do they define the God we serve. His truths are still truth, and He will make good on His promises".
Join us on October 15th and help us give a BIG Texas welcome to her amazing family. They will be traveling from their hometown in Tennessee and we are honored to welcome them to their first visit to San Antonio, Texas. It will be a morning you won't want to miss as Lacey speaks about their incredible journey! Lacey shares, "I am so excited to be attending the CleftStrong 5k in San Antonio this fall! As a family affected by a craniofacial difference including a cleft, supporting organizations like the Cleft Palate Foundation is so important to us!" She also says running is a passion of hers and that getting to run while supporting the Cleft Palate Foundation is a win/win! If you'd like to follow her now until then, and don't already, make sure to find her on Facebook @LaceyandChristianBuchanan! Christian is now in kindergarten learning to read braille and just earned his yellow belt in karate!
For those who have not read Through the Eyes of Hope, Lacey will have copies on sale this special morning. For those who can't wait that long, you can purchase yours now at AmazonSmile! This book is eligible for donation to the Cleft Palate Foundation. Simply select to support the Cleft Palate Foundation and a portion of your purchase will support its mission to serve individuals and families affected by cleft lip/palate and other craniofacial conditions.