Chris WickMark, Advocate for Veterans with ALS
When Air Force Veteran Christine Wickmark’s doctor diagnosed her with ALS last October, her first response was, “What’s that?”
Now coping with the bitter reality that ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) means she most likely has less than five years to live and will slowly lose her ability to walk, talk, dress and even feed herself before the disease takes away her ability to breathe.
Despite the gloomy outlook, this fun loving, disco-dancing farmer and grandmother does not want anyone to feel sorry for her. It’s the first thing she says before begrudgingly confiding in a friend why her speech now sounds a bit slurred or her coordination appears a bit wobbly.
An active volunteer patient advocate for The ALS Association, Chris is eager to speak about the impact this disease has on military veterans. Regardless of when or where they served, for unknown reasons, veterans are approximately twice as likely to die from ALS than any other segment of our population.
Chris is working to help other veterans recognize their early symptoms and to connect with the abundance of support resources available to those who have served our country.
To book Chris or another expert affiliated with The ALS Association, please call 800.516.7713 x108 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.