Santa Clarita Track Club
Santa Clarita Track Club Newsletter
  May 24 2011
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Dear Storm Family, 


Justin Baltau
Justin Baltau
We found out at IEC's that our hurdler Justin Baltau was in surgery for cancer, we took a moment of silence at the IECs and at our picnic to contemplate the news, to offer our thoughts and prayers for his speedy recovery.
Justin's mother Shari Baltau-Schmidt writes on Sunday May 22:

"I want to thank you for your support today. It was hard for me to be there without Justin, but I showed him videos I took and he really loved the IEC booklet. 

He is grateful for so much love from his coaches. I am too. I truly feel blessed to have all of you in the lives of my child and myself. The difference this group has made in helping Justin's self esteem is unremarkable. 

I am hoping that in a few weeks (maybe less?) I can send out an email/text to have some friends/coaches come out for pizza with Justin just to celebrate the season again and his recovery. Hope you all can come.

I will update as soon as I know the outcome of the pathology tests and MRI.

Love and Thanks,
Shari Baltau-Schmidt"

Children with cancer can be devastating on a family, parents need to take off a lot of work to care for their children, and yet the bills keep coming in, if you would like to help out Justin and Shari, we will forward any donations that we collect for them, please send checks, gift cards for restaurants or fast food or stores.  Please make your check out to "Santa Clarita Track Club", and put Justin in the memo, mail them to:

Santa Clarita Track Club - Justin
C/O Alan Bingham
27900 Youngberry Dr
Santa Clarita, CA 91350

We are a 501 c 3 charitable non-profit organization and 100% of your donations will be forwarded to the family.
Kathleen Summer will be our key contact person with the club to head up our efforts to assist Shari and Justin. You can contact Kathleen Summer via email.
Justin Update - Tuesday May 24th 

Wow that's so amazing! I'm off work without pay so that'll help so much thank you. Justin is at home now, recovering from surgery. In Good spirits and starting to walk around...and waiting for more results to see where cancer has spread. We are hopeful and grateful for all the kind words, thoughts and emails.


Justin will be stuck with his xbox 360 for a while, any used games to help entertain while recovering would be fun :)  Other than that--- all is well.


Post Season

All IEC athletes are qualified and invited to join the Valley United Striders the conference post season All-Star team. Click here to download an information packet about the post season and competing on a state and then national level.    


Our athletes will practice with Rodney Hupalo on Monday, Wednesdays and Thursdays at Granada Hills HS. We're still working on a practice location for next week and beyond, which will be 2 nights up here in SCV, and 1 down at Granada Hills HS. (Relays).  


Please send Rodney Hupalo an email if your interested and want more information, Please show up at Granada Hills HS Wednesday evening.  


You will need a USATF card if your going to run this weekend's Jet's meet.  


Good Luck 

Trophy & Ribbons  Pick Up
2011 Trophy

If you were unable to attend the award picnic, the communication boxes and trophies have been moved to my house and are out on the front porch, Please come by and pick them up.

My address at the very bottom of this email.


Cross Country

We will be starting our sign ups soon for the 2011 Cross Country season.


Cross Country begins around the first Monday of August with meets starting in mid September and going thru late October.


There is also post season national competition beginning November and ending on December 3rd. 


More information to come.


Have a great summer,

Alan Bingham
Alan Bingham
Santa Clarita Track Club