Posted on August 04 2017
“My son was diagnosed with a cleft lip and cleft palate at our 17 week ultrasound. Feeding was the first challenge. Prior to his lip and palate repair, he was unable to suck and his food would easily come through the hole in his palate. Throughout five surgeries in his first three years of life, he dealt with pain and discomfort, and Brock was a rock all the way through. Speech has also been a challenge. He has overcome a tremendous number of hurdles and we know he will thrive through the next phase because he is so courageous. Brock is extremely outgoing with a compassionate spirit. He loves people, the spotlight and he cares about the well-being of others. His big smile tells it all. My first IRONMAN race was focused on raising funds and awareness for children affected by clefts in third-world countries. Since we have been blessed with access to world-class treatment, we knew right away we wanted to give back and advocate for children without that same access. Statistics show that roughly 93% of children with an unrepaired cleft will likely die before they reach ages 15 to 19 — that was not ok with us. Our first race we raised funds for over 25 children to receive a life-saving surgery, and we are now partnering with our surgeon to develop better treatment and training for clefts worldwide.”- HOKA Fan Robby Knutsen
Robby is wearing the Clayton.