Chromosome 18 Starfish Dash - Run / Walk

Hosted by:The Chromosome 18 Registr...
April 28, 2017 at 3:00pm
7431 Merton Minter map San Antonio, TX 78229
Goal: $50,000
$42,802 4 86% Complete

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Join Chromosome 18 Registry & Research Society's official Fiesta and health conscious fundraising event.  Our goal is to bring together health-minded people to run, walk, become a spirit runner (virtual participation) and volunteer to raise awareness and money for our organization's mission of helping people with chromosome 18 abnormalities overcome the obstacles they face so they may lead happy, healthy and productive lives. We are proud that the leading global research center for chromosome 18 is based right here at UT Health San Antonio and is celebrating 26 years of cutting-edge research. We raise funds for this research through our organization. The more funds we raise, the faster the research center can develop treatments to improve the lives of those affected by chromosome 18 conditions which include many cognitive and physical impairments. We also offer support for families & physicians of children with chromosome 18 abnormalities.




This is a great Fiesta event is for all ages and the entire family can participate. The approximate two mile course leads you through the UT Health campus and easy parking is available. This event is FREE to all participants but we suggest fundraising / donations to participate. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED, follow the link to registration by clicking on the "Participate as an Individual", "Join a Team" or "Create a Team" in the Register Today box under the Starfish Dash banner at the top.  

Runners will start off first, followed by walkers a few minutes later. You are welcome to bring strollers and wheelchairs but no pets are allowed on campus. A Health and Wellness Fair and Market Place will accompany the event. Lots of fun activities will be available at this very family-friendly event.



WHEN:  Saturday, April 29, 2017 

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM


WHERE:  UT Health, 7431 Merton Minter

San Antonio, TX  78229


FEES: Free admission





Everyone is invited and teams are encouraged to participate. All individuals that reach a fundraising minimum of $25 will receive a Starfish Dash Fiesta medal and participants that reach or exceed $50 in funds raised will receive a Chromosome 18 Starfish Dash t-shirt AND a Starfish Dash Fiesta medal (while supplies last). Registration is required and there is NO FEE to participate, however as this is one of Chromosome 18 Registry & Research Society's biggest fundraiser of the year, fundraising efforts are highly encouraged and appreciated. All funds raised will go toward the goal of making chromosome 18 the first treatable chromosome abnormality.  


Once you have registered, joined a team or created a team, you can personalize your page; upload a picture, nickname your fundraiser, adjust your goal, modify your page headline and invite friends and family to participate and donate to help reach your goals.


Sign up today!  



Why is our event called the "Starfish Dash"?

The starfish has been our unofficial mascot as our Founder and President, Jannine Cody, Ph.D., recites the following story at each annual conference as it shows that anyone and everyone can make a difference - small or large, all you have to do is have the energy and heart.


A man was walking along a deserted beach at sunset. As he walked he could see a young boy in the distance, as he drew nearer he noticed that the boy kept bending down, picking something up and throwing it into the water. Time and again he kept hurling things into the ocean. As the man approached even closer, he was able to see that the boy was picking up starfish that had been washed up on the beach and, one at a time he was throwing them back into the water. The man asked the boy what he was doing, the boy replied," I am throwing these washed up starfish back into the ocean, or else they will die through lack of oxygen. "But", said the man, "You can't possibly save them all, there are thousands on this beach, and this must be happening on hundreds of beaches along the coast. You can't possibly make a difference." The boy smiled, bent down and picked up another starfish, and as he threw it back into the sea, he replied, "Made a difference to that one“.

Adapted from The Star Thrower by Loren C. Eiseley


The Chromosome 18 Registry & Research's Starfish Dash is proud to have achieved a VERDE level certification from the City of San Antonio.  We're commiteed to sustainability and investing in our environment.  We're making mindful choices in how our Starfish Dash is planned with a real impact on San Antonio's health and cleanliness.



Chromosome 18 Starfish Dash Event Committee Chairpersons - Tracy & Fred Gibbons

Chromosome 18 Executive Director - Neale Parker 

If you have questions or would like to join the Starfish Dash planning committee or volunteer, please contact Neale Parker at


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