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An interactive website for active CMT advocates.
All you have to know about Chris Wodke’s determination to find a cure for Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) is to
learn about a life-changing moment in her life.
“When I was in graduate school for engineering I had to take a Thermodynamics class that required
mathematically solving the laws of the physical science and its affect on
material bodies. We were presented pages upon pages of equations, which
had to be dissected to prove theories for our homework.
“Also part of the class requirement was to meet with the class professor each
week to review our assignments. One day he said to me, ‘Christine you get so
close to solving the problem, but then you quit.’
“I have never forgotten that comment. Whether it is finishing a race or solving
a problem at work, I make sure I don't give up too soon. I always remember
his words when things get tough and I want to quit. I might be really close to
the solution or the end of the race and his words keep me moving toward
A Milwaukee native, who was diagnosed in 2009 with CMT, the 53-year-old
Wodke not only puts many Baby Boomer women to shame with her physical
fitness, but that she maintains it all while fighting side-effects of CMT that
include structural and muscular challenges that include bouts of tripping,
burning sensations in her feet and atrophy.
One of seven children and two with CMT, the WE Energies engineer stops at nothing to make people aware of
the disease while putting her best feet forward whether she’s running in Iceland or kayaking in New Zealand,
her favorite place to travel.
Wodke’s keeps adding to her list of life goals, but one that remains at the top is to run the Boston Marathon
and compete in a USA Triathlon Paralympic event.
Although she tires easily from effects of CMT, you’ll seldom hear her complain or use it as an excuse.
NEW! March 6, 2012 WTMJ-TV interview with Chris: Click Here!
Photo: Tom Held
Photo: Tom Held
Boston - Pre-race Meeting Area
Boston - At the start line
Boston - Finished!