City of San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor has officially proclaimed Sunday, September 18, 2016, as CleftStrong ”1 in 700” Day
As we find ourselves in the last days of registration for the 3rd annual CleftStrong 5k to be held on September 18, 2016 at Morgan's Wonderland, we are honored to learn that the City of San Antonio has recognized this day as CleftStrong "1 in 700" day.
"This just made an already special morning even more so" says Ray and Chelsea Ortiz. "We are thrilled to have this kind of welcome for Zack Urenda and his worldwide "1 in 700" cleft photo book project as it makes its way to Texas for the first time!"
We invite all those who have not yet signed up to join us in support of this great cause and in celebrating this recognition by our city leaders.
Zack Urenda, author and creator of "1 in 700" brings worldwide project to the 3rd annual CleftStrong 5k
Zack Urenda, the brilliant and creative mind behind the the fast growing "1 in 700" project, travels the world photographing individuals affected by cleft lip, palate and other craniofacial conditions. Being born with a cleft lip, himself, Zack is on a mission to create awareness for others born cleft affected and to bring a sense of community.
Upon completion, Zack plans to put these photographs in a photo book and display them at a gallery in his hometown, Los Angeles, California. We think his work is down right beautiful.. and inspiring.. and heartwarming. It is our absolute joy to announce Zack will be sharing September 18th with us at the 3rd annual CleftStrong 5k and he will be bringing "1 in 700" with him!
Cleft Community: What does 1 in 700 mean to you? Bring your thoughts with you on September 18th and be a part of this worldwide project!
The Children's Hospital of San Antonio Becomes The First Ever Title Sponsor of The Annual CleftStrong Family 5k
CleftStrong is extremely excited to announce that The Children's Hospital of San Antonio will be the first ever title sponsor in its history. We are honored and extremely excited about their commitment to support and further this cause. The Children's Hospital of San Antonio is the city's only freestanding children's hospital and provides pediatric subspecialty care for children across Central and South Texas each year, including those who are born with cleft and craniofacial anomalies. Please join us in welcoming The Children's Hospital of San Antonio and the Director of the Craniofacial Center, Dr. Alejandra Garcia to the CleftStrong 5k team!
To learn more about the fascinating history of The Children's Hospital of San Antonio, visit http://www.chofsa.org/history-and-mission
Be one of the next three registrants today and a CleftStrong hat in your choice of color is yours for free! We think it will look great on race day!!
If you can't be in San Antonio on September 18th, you can still join the cause by signing up as a virtual racer and race along with us on your treadmill at home, at your local park, neighborhood, beach... solo or as a group! (Group rate applies at online registration.)
Best of luck!
Ready, Set, Register: https://www.raceentry.com/races/cleftstrong-5k/2016/register
David Pfau with Allstate Insurance announces his partnership with the 3rd Annual CleftStrong Family 5k:
We are pleased to announce our partnership with CleftStrong charity! Some of you may know that they host an annual 5K in September. Between now and the 5K date, if you contact either of our offices and indicate that you are getting a "QUOTE FOR CLEFT STRONG" we will donate $10 to this fine charity organization as well as enter your name into a drawing for some cool prizes. It only takes a quote! There is no other obligation on your part! Let's see if we can generate $2500 for this worthy charity! (Current Allstate clients are not eligible). Remember, although our offices are physically in San Antonio, we can quote and write business all over Texas! See you at the 5K !! -David Pfau, Allstate Insurance
You may contact either the Castle Hills location (210-257-0117) or the new Bulverde Market Place location (210-538-6664) to receive a quote "for CleftStrong". Your name will be entered into a raffle drawing to take place on race day and a $10 donation will be made to the charity. Enjoy friendly customer service, find out if you are paying the lowest insurance rate, and change lives. (No further obligation.)
Please feel free to add any Purple Carpet Photos that you captured yourself here too. Through Shutterfly you can add, view, download, and order prints all in one place! Let us know how it works out for you!
At a Glance Reminders for Race Day:
Teams: Come dressed FUN and CREATIVE! We will be presenting the Most Creative Team award during closing ceremony along with Farthest Traveler and Oldest Finisher!
Parking Information: Parking will be available in the Morgan's Wonderland parking lot directly across from the park and there will be additional parking at the Heroes Stadium parking lot. We advise to arrive early for convenient parking and to avoid long lines for registration/sign in.
We encourage you to take advantage of early packet pick up if you have already registered online to avoid race day lines. We will be holding early packet pick up on Saturday, September 12th from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Academy Sports+Outdoors in the Northwoods Shopping Center, 2024 TX-1604 Loop, San Antonio, TX 78232. Look for our CleftStrong sign immediately when you enter the store to the left. At early packet pick up, you will take care of sign in plus receive your CleftStrong race day t-shirt and sport pack with bib number. The only thing you will need to retrieve when you arrive before the race is your timing tag.
If you would like to take advantage of the discounted rate at Morgan's Wonderland Park after the race, all you will need to do is mention that you participated in the CleftStrong 5k. They will open their gates to children affected by a cleft condition for free and all other participants at $9/person.
Please click below to find more information and print your program of events for race day!
If you will be registering at the race on Sunday here is a way to save time!
1. Print this registration form out for each participant registering with you.
2. Complete the form(s).
3. Race Day Registration begins at 7 am sharp. Hand your completed forms to the race day registration table when you arrive.
4. Save lots of time!
Remember we need a form completed for each participant, so if you have more than one to register this will save you a great deal of time in the line and allow you more time for the fun stuff!
My name is Emma Brockway. I am currently a sophomore at Texas State University, but my story begins about eighteen years prior to that. I was born in China with a cleft lip and cleft palate. I was adopted at age one and brought to Dallas, TX. A few years later, my parents and I moved to Houston, TX. I lived in Houston for the majority of my life, until college.
Throughout my life, I endured about nine surgeries. When I was a baby, I had my first surgery: the cleft palate repair. I don’t remember it since it was so long ago, but from pictures, it seems like I handled it fairly well for a baby. The surgery with the most complexities and hardest recovery was my jaw surgery. I had jaw surgery in 11th grade and it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever gone through. Between only being able to eat clear liquids for five days, to having my mouth rubber banded shut, to the limitations on any physical activity, it was a rough recovery process. Looking back, I could not be happier about the surgery. The results were phenomenal. I had braces for seven years and a retainer for a total of about two years. For nine years of my life, I had some form of metal in my mouth. I began the orthodontia process around age nine, and was not rid of my metal retainer until halfway through my freshman year of college.
Through high school, I stayed extremely involved in extracurricular activities. I joined my school orchestra in sixth grade and stayed in it until my high school graduation. I golfed on my school’s golf team for five years (8th-12th grades). I joined various clubs at my high school and thoroughly enjoyed my time there. I began attending Texas State University in the fall of 2014. I am an English major with the goal of attending law school after I graduate from Texas State. Upon arriving at Texas State, I immediately got involved with different organizations; many of which I am still a member today. I genuinely love my school and could not be happier at another university.
I “graduated” from Shriners Hospital (officially) a few months ago. I have stayed connected within the Cleft Palate community by running an Instagram account: @cleftcommunity. A few years ago, a girl who is a few years younger than me asked me to help her manage her Instagram account called “@cleftlipandpalate.” We both ran the account for some time, but she eventually got too busy with her studies. I took over the account, then created a new one: @cleftcommunity. @Cleftcommunity is an Instagram account aimed at uniting the people with cleft lips and cleft palates. The followers come from various areas. I have personally had the pleasure of talking with a few of them via third party messaging aps, email, and text. The Instagram account allows people to talk about their personal experiences with certain surgeries and the struggles of having a cleft palate and/or cleft lip. I absolutely love managing this account because it shows me a multitude of perspectives that I personally have not experiences. It also provides a tool for others to meet people who have similar situations and who have gone through similar experiences; both good and bad. Another way I am involved with the various people who have cleft lips and cleft palates is that I am the Houston Shriners Patient Ambassador. I will be attending the Shriners Open this fall, in Las Vegas, to represent my hospital. I love the staff at Shriners and everything they have done for me. I am always open to hearing about different people’s stories and if interested, I am more than willing to share my own.
You can personally invite co-workers, members of your running group, gym, church group, girl scout/boy scout group, sport team, cheer squad, dance team, neighbors.. the list goes on! Just follow these few steps and they will lead you to something pretty awesome!
1. Print this downloadable flyer.
2. Personally invite whoever you want with your flyer.
3. Once you have a group, come up with a fun team name of your choice.
4. Register yourself at https://www.raceentry.com/races/cleftstrong-5k/2015/register
5. Take note of your very own unique registration link that you receive in your confirmation email.
6. Have each individual in your team register using that link AND your team name.
7. Receive $3.00 back for every one person who registers using your link!
AND THERE'S MORE:
If your team is the largest to register by 11:59 pm CST, August 11, 2015, YOU will be the winner of this year's very first [and ONE and ONLY] pair of CleftStrong lucky socks for race day as way of us saying thank you for your great effort! More friends = an even bigger memory = even more support!
We thank you for your support and Good Luck!
Ready. Set. Go!
As hard as you fight, we will strive to fight alongside you.