Described as ‘an athlete from the day she was born’, Christan was only ten-years old when she dove into a backyard pool. Saved by friends who kept her floating until help arrived, she was forever changed- from that moment she was forced to redirect her dream of becoming an Olympic athlete to walking again. Determined to walk again, she constantly pushes herself with exercise and training. “Each day I plant my feet on the ground,” she says, and each day she continues to make progress. For Christan, being different has meant not accepting negative attitudes or verdicts. Her injury forced her to undergo home schooling from grade five through eight so that she could implement daily physical therapy into her schedule.
Although she missed all these important years in her formal education, she completed high school on track with her peer group, and earned her Undergraduate and Graduate degrees at Iona College. She holds degrees in Marketing, Humanistic Communications, and Public Relations, and she earned these degrees while continuing hours of daily physical therapy since her injury. With a background in real estate, fashion marketing, insurance and public relations, and public/motivational speaking, she and friend Boyd Melson have founded Team Fight to Walk. Together they began an odyssey to find a cure, not just for Christan, but for the many paralyzed people they met along the way. “My life, my passion, my fight to walk again.”