That's right! 1IN700 will be making it's way to San Antonio, Texas to be a part of our special 5th anniversary CleftStrong 5k being held on October 13, 2018 at Los Patios! Founder, Zack Rodetis-Urenda will get to share with us on the continuation of his inspiring project that has now reached 3 continents, captured around 400 individuals who are cleft affected, and shared a special unity with countless family members on the journey. Additionally, he will take photos of this year's participating cleft heroes wishing to be a part of this powerful 1IN700 worldwide movement project.. a project that started with its founder's heartfelt goal of "creating a timeless piece of education of 700 faces who never let this hold them back".
CleftStrong founders Ray and Chelsea Ortiz are more than happy to not only welcome the 1IN700 project back to town, but to give a good friend a hug and let him know how much his work means to their family, personally. "I think we'd all hope to be born possessing the perfect resilience for every type of adversity we face in life and to handle each challenge with perfection, but it's safe to say that we just weren't created that way" says Chelsea. "I've come to learn that it's through adversity that we can all learn and grow from one another, that life changing challenge often times requires us to make that one vital choice to fight and become stronger because of it, and best of all that it is with great purpose. Isn't it amazing when you find yourself in this sort of moment in life and that one special person gifted with the ability to relate, connect, and support comes crossing your path to do just that. Zack is one of those people to so many. Thank you for taking the challenges and victories of this new growing experience to shine a light for the whole world to see.. those who are cleft affected and those who are not. We can't wait to see you!"
Click here for a recent Facebook message from Zack on the 1IN700 project:
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We owe many thanks for the fun and successful 4th annual CleftStrong 5k held on October 15, 2017 at Mission County Park. Despite the chance of thunderstorms, around 550 people gathered in support of cleft and craniofacial conditions on this amazing morning. A community of participants and volunteers came together with corporate sponsors, personal donors, and virtual racers across the world, including our first ever international virtual racer from Indonesia, Prasetyanugraheni Kreshanti, and raised $27,300.00 in support of ACPA Family Services' mission to serve and support not only the patients who are personally affected, but just as importantly, their support systems too.
ACPA Family Services (formerly known as the Cleft Palate Foundation) merged with the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) in June, 2017. With this merge, professionals and families work more closely together to better achieve the ACPA Family Services' mission: to optimize outcomes for individuals with oral cleft and craniofacial conditions through education, support, research, advocacy and interdisciplinary team care. All funds generated from the 4th annual CleftStrong 5k support advancing patient care through important cleft-craniofacial medical research as well as education, resources and opportunities for patients born with cleft and other craniofacial conditions, their families and the professionals who serve them.
The 4th annual CleftStrong 5k brought new and exciting highlights! For a second year, The Children's Hospital of San Antonio was the presenting sponsor of the CleftStrong 5k. We had the absolute honor of welcoming president of the hospital, Mr. Elias Neujahr to share a message as the morning started. We remain forever grateful for the remarkable support CleftStrong has received from doctors and health care professionals throughout the community and beyond that has helped make this event what it is today. When asked the question, "What was your favorite part of the CleftStrong 5k?", many of our cleftstrong warriors and families simply replied, "getting to share the morning with my cleft team". Thank you for your partnership on this journey - inside and outside of the medical setting.
We also had the pleasure of welcoming back Dr. Alejandra Garcia de Mitchell, Division Chief of Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery at The Children's Hospital of San Antonio along with several other team members of The Children's Hospital of San Antonio craniofacial team. We also had the pleasure of awarding Dr. Garcia de Mitchell top third finisher in her age category, as well. Thank you for your continued support!
One of the nation's leading pediatric plastic surgeons for children born with cleft lip and palate calls San Antonio home. It is always a great honor to welcome Dr. Peter Wang and his family! Dr. Wang and his team at Methodist Children's Hospital have been active supporters of the CleftStrong 5k since the beginning and have played a special role in making this event what it is today.
The one and only Dr. Roy Gonzalez, Jr. with part of the Methodist Children's Hospital Craniofacial Team including the adorable 4 legged team member, ROSCOE! He is the Methodist Children Hospital's service dog who entertains and helps to cheer patients at the cleft clinics each month. We were thrilled he joined us this year! Dr. Gonzalez Jr.'s excitement for the CleftStrong mission has been a special driving force throughout the years.
The CleftStrong 5k welcomed back a very special guest along with a few more this year. Mr. Zack Rodetis-Urenda shared on his recent travels overseas with this year's participants and spent some of the morning photographing participants to be included in his worldwide fine art photography project, 1IN700. CleftStrong also welcomed Mrs. Lacey Buchanan, author of Through the Eyes of Hope, her family, and Mr. Angel Castorena, founder of San Antonio's Rockula Expo to share on their personal cleft journeys with this year's participants.
Makeup Junkie Bags presented CleftStrong and ACPA a check for $2,100.00 after the race this year! Makeup Junkie Bags ran a charity bag promotion during the month of July in honor of MJB Owner, Meredith Jurica's niece who was born with a cleft lip and palate. All proceeds were donated to the CleftStrong 5k event in support of ACPA's mission to advance patient care and research for individuals affected by cleft lip, palate, and other craniofacial anomalies.
The Spurs Coyote started the race off with a BANG once again this year! CleftStrong warriors were found along the entire route. We send our congratulations to all of the 2017 CleftStrong 5k race winners this year. Mr. Brandon Hernandez finished as the Top Overall Male Finisher, coming in at 20:27 and Ms. Michaela Goodgame finished as the Top Overall Female Finisher, coming in at 25:53. For a complete list of all age category winners, click here. We had several fun awards given out this year. Congratulations to our Best Adult Storybook Character Costume: Carol Mantle, dressed as the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom book and our Best Child Storybook Character Costume: Yusuf Mehdawi. Team Amaris came in as our largest team this year. All were dressed perfectly with the sweetest shirts! Kate de la Garza was awarded for creating this year's top fundraising team. All together, The Fast and the Ruthieness raised $2,925.00 in support of other cleft journeys!
Youth participants also spent some of their morning making care cards for children who will be undergoing their first cleft lip or palate surgery this year. They did an amazing job and watching them support others from the heart was the best. We also enjoyed awarding our top 9 and under finishers for the first time this year. Winning a race is always exciting, but winning a race in support of your peers.. now that's pretty amazing. We hope it touched your hearts as much as it did ours.
We send a warm thank you to the CleftStrong 5k Committee, all community supporters, participants, corporate sponsors, and donors for making the 4th annual CleftStrong 5k a fun and successful morning of community togetherness and meaningful support. If you would like to be a part of next year's event, please contact us here!
Ray and Chelsea Ortiz
Check out the 2017 CleftStrong 5k Photo Gallery
Thank you to the 2017 CleftStrong 5k Sponsors: The Children's Hospital of San Antonio, Makeup Junkie Bags, MSC Earthwork, Ortiz & Batis, San Antonio Claims Association, Premiere Autoplex, Dr. Roy Gonzalez, Jr., Rockula, Methodist Children's Hospital, Diamond Automotive Group, Debbie Stolle Interiors, Dent, Jadestone Real Estate, Fat Joe's Jerky, US Legal Support, MTF Biologics, Lindow, Stephens & Treat, LLP
Santikos Entertainment⎮La Hacienda ⎮ Embassy Suites ⎮ Stars and Stripes Drive In ⎮ Photography by Vidal Diaz ⎮Amy's Ice Cream ⎮Tim Strong ⎮San Antonio Zoo ⎮Blend Record Retrieval ⎮Bike World ⎮Kendra Scott ⎮Painting with a Twist⎮Dermatology Associates of San Antonio⎮Inspired by Colton ⎮San Antonio Museum of Art ⎮Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resorts ⎮Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch ⎮1IN700/Little Weaving Willow⎮ Top Golf ⎮Bowlero ⎮Embassy Suites ⎮Main Event⎮Bagel Factory ⎮Alterman
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"I am raising world changers, not world conformers, and in that, I want them to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that their differences and the things that the world might consider as "strange" or "weird" or "wrong" are in fact, not strange, or weird, or wrong. Those attributes might be the exact tools they have been equippied with to help them change the world!" - Lacey Buchanan
• New year = New theme: Every smile holds a story. Every story holds a smile. Dress as your
favorite story book character and share your smile! We will be awarding the participant with the
best costume after the race.
• Don't miss the FREE 9 and Under option where up to 2 children (9 and Under) are free
per one paid adult this year. (All children must be accompanied by an adult, and all children
attending must be registered.)
• Now, family, friends, and others who can't participate in the 5k can join your efforts in supporting the cause while supporting their favorite CleftStrong 5k participant by making a donation under your team. No donation is too small or big and 100% will be directly donated to the Cleft Palate Foundation to help provide excellent education, resources, and opportunities to the cleft community. Create your fundraising team here: https://www.raceentry.com/races/cleftstrong-5k/2017/fundraising/charity/charity/would-you-like-to-make-a-donation-241. We will award the team with the highest donation amount after the race!
• This year we will be awarding the largest team that participates!
• Not only is this a runner, walker, stroller, wheel chair and family friendly course - but it is also dog
friendly! The trails welcome all leashed dogs that pick up after themselves... or those with owners
who will do the work for them :)
We have wonderful sponsorship opportunities to choose from! If you're interested in partnering with CleftStrong this year, contact us here!
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CPF is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1973 to be the public service arm of the American Cleft Palate - Craniofacial Association. All funds generated from the 3rd annual CleftStrong 5k will help support important cleft-craniofacial medical research and provide cutting edge resources for cleft patients, families, and health care providers in such areas as feeding, surgeries, therapies, and the importance of family-centered teams working together to meet the specialized care that is required from the moment these children are born.
The CleftStrong 5k brought several exciting new highlights this year, including its very first presenting sponsor, The Children's Hospital of San Antonio. Several doctors and healthcare professionals brought support of many kinds on this morning, such as Dr. Alejandra Garcia, Chief of the Craniofacial team at The Children's Hospital of San Antonio, Dr. Peter Wang, Chief of the Craniofacial team at Methodist Children's Hospital, and Dr. Roy Gonzalez, Jr., who specializes in craniofacial orthodontics and has been part of the Methodist Hospital Cleft Palate team for the past 25 years. Additionally, Creator and author of the worldwide 1 in 700 project, Zack Rodetis - Urenda made his first appearance in Texas at the 3rd annual CleftStrong 5k! Zack gave an inspirational and informative talk about his own experience with cleft lip and his fast growing project. Several of this year's participants helping to make up the cleft community were photographed at the event and will be a part of his inspiring photography book!
This year's course started with a thrill as the Spurs Coyote got participants off to a good start with high fives! Along the course, the most amazing kids were found dressed as quite the superheroes to relay a message of strength for their peers recovering from major surgeries over the summer. A member of the cleft community, Anthony Towns, moved this year's participants as he opened the closing award ceremony with a better understanding for cleft conditions. He shared, both, his own personal experience with cleft lip and palate and the journey of fathering his son born with cleft lip and palate, as well. (See below to view his message)
CleftStrong 5k congratulates all race winners this year! For a second consecutive year, Mr. Malachi Braddy finished as the Top Overall Male Finisher, coming in at 18.42.9. Ms. Yvonne Boyer came in as this year's Top Overall Female Finisher at 24:55.2. To see the complete list of results, Click here!
This morning of awareness and understanding, community togetherness, and meaningful support would not have been possible without its kind hearted corporate sponsors, donors, and crew of volunteers. CleftStrong sends its sincerest thanks to all who believe in its mission. In joining this worthy cause, your help assists children born with cleft and craniofacial conditions through each phase of their journey and in more ways than you might ever imagine!
More photos of this special morning to come at www.cleftstrong5k.com.
As hard as you fight, we will strive to fight alongside you.