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In June of 2013, Chris (who was 8 at the time) had a series of strokes that have put a pause in his goal of becoming a Forest Service Smokejumper. After being admitted to CHOC in a critical state, his medical team discovered he had MoyaMoya disease, a rare vascular condition that constricted the arteries at the base of his brain. This uncommon condition brought about Chris being called “The Spotted Zebra” as a term of endearment by one of his attending doctors because of the rarity. Following a 2nd brain surgery in fall of 2013, he experienced profound complications that nearly took his life. With God’s help, Chris survived, but had lost all of his voluntary motor functions, could not communicate other than through eye blinks and was “locked-in” his own body. Chris started Hippotherapy at The Shea Center in the summer of 2014 with Jillian, and OT with Kristen in 2015… he had made incredible improvements with his therapists and the awesome Shea volunteers, including taking self-supported steps again. We are incredibly grateful to be part of The Shea Center which promotes the recovery of individuals like Chris and other riders who are overcoming their disabilities,as well as the amazing community that supports Shea’s mission. Thank you so much for making a donation to The Shea Center during the 2017 Drive to Ride Campaign as a way to help the riders and rider-programs succeed in their journeys.