Christina's Story 

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Christina Tinker was a bubbly woman, always smiling and bringing joy to those around her. She loved the beach so much that her wedding was beach themed. She taught 5th grade at Blades Elementary in the Mehlville School District for 25 years. A mother of 2 daughters and a grandmother to 2 granddaughters, Christina had it all. She has a family she loves, a job she loved, and a life she loved. In November of 2015 Christina’s life was thrown a curveball. She was diagnosed with ALS, a motor neuron disease that attacks nerve cells used in voluntary muscle actions. There is no cure for ALS and eventually control of the arms, legs, face and mouth are lost, as well as the ability to breath unsupported by machines. By mid-2016 Christina began to decline, she could no longer speak and was forced to walk away from her job as a teacher. Eventually her husband Jeff was forced to quit his job, so that he could take care of her. Christina is now essentially bedridden and can only breathe using a ventilator. While there’s no cure for ALS, Christina and her family continue to fight against this disease and now Webster Groves High School has joined them in their fight, so we hope that you will join us in supporting the Tinker family, as they fight against ALS, by registering for the run or donating to the cause. 

Established in 1985, The ALS Association is the only non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s disease on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure. As the preeminent ALS organization, The Association leads the way in research, patient and community services, public education, and advocacy — giving help and hope to those facing the disease. The Association’s nationwide network of chapters provides comprehensive patient services and support to the ALS community. The mission of The ALS Association is to lead the fight to cure and treat ALS through global cutting-edge research, and to empower people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.