The Fourth Annual Smilin’ Rylen Run

The 2021 Smilin’ Rylen Run takes place at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 24 at Cane Island, in Katy, Texas. The event includes a 5K run/walk as well as one-mile run walk. Both events are also offered for those ages 12 and under.

The mission of the Smilin’ Rylen Foundation is to raise awareness about organ donation and to assist families in crisis. 

The foundation is named after 13.5-month-old Rylen Cowan, whose constant smile quickly earned him the name Smilin’ Rylen. Rylen earned his angel wings on June 5, 2017, after a battle with bacterial meningitis. Little but mighty, Rylen did not leave this earth untouched. Thanks to the medical advances in organ donation, Rylen was able to save five lives. 

The Smilin’ Rylen Foundation remembers Rylen with everything orange, a color of happiness.

The Smilin’ Rylen Run was born from a desire to support four beneficiaries that helped the Cowan family during their time of crisis: Life Gift, The Ronald McDonald House Houston, Emma’s Hugs and Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. 

The Cowan family would like to thank the public from the bottom of their hearts for its generous contributions and continued support. Everyone is invited to join in celebrating his life and the lives of those he saved.

To register for the Smilin’ Rylen Run or to learn more about the Smilin’ Rylen Foundation, visit

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Joseph Menslage

As the President and Publisher of Katy and Fort Bend Christian Magazines, Joe Menslage is committed to covering social and political news from a Christian worldview. He founded Katy Christian Magazine in 2005, which swept the greater Houston and Katy areas like a storm. That’s when Joe realized the urgent need for publications willing to give voices to the voiceless, without political correctness or censorship. Joe Menslage founded sister-publication Fort Bend Christian Magazine in 2014. Prior to creating Katy Christian Magazine, Joe Menslage led a colorful life. He was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, spent a great deal of his childhood in Colorado, and lived in a couple of other states before he moved to Houston in 1981. Joe was God-gifted with an entrepreneurial mind, and self-started other business ventures before he found his calling. In Joe’s words, our innate talents are given by the Lord, and are meant to be used to serve the Lord. Aside from being a President and Publisher, Joe Menslage is also the co-founder of Katy Christian Chamber of Commerce, where Christians can network, build business connections, listen to passionate speakers, and enjoy monthly breakfasts and lunches. Joe Menslage also hosts a weekly political satire YouTube channel. Joe Menslage has four children. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, watching zombie movies and K dramas, ax-throwing and Krav Maga.