Blog Archive 07/2011

Team GSF SB Marathon: Injury Frustration and Perspective

July 31, 2011 by Bill Strong

I've been nursing a nasty and painful injury since finishing the Montecito-Summerland Half Marathon two weeks ago. I'm not going to lie, it's been pretty frustrating. It's my left leg and it seems to be a nice mix of a shin splint and plantar fasciitis -- both pretty common running injuries. I...

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Acts of Kindness: A Wizard of Oz Surprise in Memory of Chloe

July 29, 2011 by Victoria Strong
Last Friday Gwendolyn received a surprise package in the mail. I already told you about the special Wizard of Oz tea set and boy does she love this. But the gifts also included a set of Wizard of Oz dolls and a Wizard of Oz sticker book. Now to say this was a hit is an understatement. When...
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State of California Declares EVERY August as SMA Awareness Month!

July 28, 2011 by Victoria Strong

Awesome news! The state of California has once again declared August as SMA Awareness Month. You may recall the declaration last year, but there is much more to this year's declaration. The proclamation doesn't just pertain to this August. Nope. S.C.R. 43, introduced by our awesome state senator,...

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Team GSF Conquers Ironman France

July 26, 2011 by Victoria Strong
The athletes involved with Team GSF are amazing! We are continually humbled by what they accomplish and that they are doing it for the SMA cause.

David Price is a college friend of Bill's. You may remember he competed in a triathlon last year for Team GSF in honor of Gwendolyn. He blew us away last...

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A Royal Tea Party in Oz

July 25, 2011 by Victoria Strong

This weekend Gwendolyn received a very special package of gifts (more on that later) -- one of which is a Wizard of Oz tea set. Gwendolyn has been in heaven playing with it. We had a tea party yesterday with Laurie, Chris and Connor at the Santa Barbara Mission. And this morning Gwendolyn and I...

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Kacie Jean Photography Donating to theGSF Entire Month of August

July 21, 2011 by Victoria Strong

August is SMA Awareness month and we are so excited that the amazing and continually acclaimed Kacie Jean Photography will be donating 5% to the Gwendolyn Strong Foundation for the entire month. Kacie is based in Santa Barbara and is booking up quickly as August is one of her last months before...

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Advocating for the Affordable Care Act: Gwendolyn’s Story (Video)

July 20, 2011 by Bill Strong

Over the last several years, we haven't shied away from lending our voices to advocate on behalf of injustices we have faced. Most of these injustices, if not all, are sides to issues that we may have never become aware of had it not been for the life-altering reality of Gwendolyn's Spinal Muscular...

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Goal Set. Goal Achieved: Montecito Half Marathon

July 18, 2011 by Bill Strong

What an incredible experience -- I finished the Montecito-Summerland Half Marathon on Saturday in just under 2 hours!

On Saturday, my great friend and fellow Team GSF SB Marathon runner, Mike Paskin, our friend, Steve Fergusson, my awesome trainer, Mike Claytor, and I conquered the first...

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Date Night, Daddy Shopping, Mommy Makeup, and an Ouchie

July 15, 2011 by Victoria Strong
Well, it has been a really great week filled with lots of fun, but poor Gwendolyn now has a few ouchies that are no fun at all.

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Date Night --> We did it. We had an actual real adult date night -- just the two of us, at night, at a non-child venue. Just Bill, me, Eddie Vedder and the thousands of...
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Climb4SMA Conquers Mt. Rainier To Fight SMA

July 14, 2011 by Victoria Strong
The inspiring Jadons Hope and Climb4SMA are at it again! As ifclimbing the 23,000 foot Mt. Aconcagua and raising over $45,000 for theGSFs $200K For SMA fundraising campaign wasnt impressive enough, Jim Baker decided to create a team of climbers to tackle the famous Mt. Rainier in Washington. And it...
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