2009 Miracle Ambassador
Age 13 - SMM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center
One day while Christopher was at daycare, his mother received an urgent call - "Come pick him up, there's something wrong with him." One pupil was completely dilated, while the other was barely open more than a pin-hole. After a variety of tests, it was determined that Christopher had Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP) - he was only three years old.
An extremely rare disease, CIDP affects the nervous system by slowly destroying the myelin sheath that insultes nerves throughout the body. Without the myelin "insluation" on his nerves, Christopher has intense pain throughout his body and increasingly limited mobility.
Although there are periods of remission during which Christopher gets to enjoy physical activity, he generally uses his wheelchair to get around. Even though he is often in pain, Christopher has never let that stop him. Christopher is well known for his ever-present happiness, funny jokes, and absolutely loves sports and Nascar.