Consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy An interactive website for active CMT advocates. ABOUT CHRIS TEAM CMT founder, Chris Wodke, is always on the move 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 solutions." A Milwaukee native, who was diagnosed in 2010 with CMT, the 55-year-old Wodke not only puts many Baby Boomer women to shame with her physical fitness, but  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 accomplilshed too major goals in 2012. She placed 2nd in the Mobility Impaired divison of the Boston Marathon and finished 1st in the Physically Challenged  Open Division of the Paratriathlon National Sprint Championship in Austin Texas. She placed 2nd in the same race in 2013. She was on the Boston course in 2013 when the bombs exploded. Although she tires easily from effects of CMT, you'll seldom hear her complain or use it as an excuse. "If I can't make keep a date with friends, I'll tell them anything except I am tired," Wodke said. "I'm not sure they would understand and really, didn't know myself until I was diagnosed last the exhaustion I often feel is due to the CMT. Sometimes I push through it." She will return to Boston in 2014 and also hopes to classify into the T3 category this year at the 2014  Paratriathlon National Sprint Championships in Tempe Arizona. The classification system is being redone and this times she hopes she will be accepted.  Her current triathlon times would make her a serious contender for a National Championship. Her ultimate goal is the Paralympics in Rio in 2016. Major Accomplishments 2nd place finish Mobility Impaired Division 2012 Boston Marathon 1st place Physically Challenged Open Division Para-triathlon National Sprint Championship/Cap Tex Tri  Austin Texas 2012. 2nd place Physically Challenged Open Division Para-triathlon National Sprint Championship/Cap Tex Tri  Austin Texas 2013. Midwest Regional Female Paratriatlon Champion, Omaha Nebraska 2013 Charity -Raised $10,000 with 2012 Boston Marathon run for Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation. -Founder & Manager of Team CMT- a group of 144 athletes in 27 states, Canada, Finland, Austrailia, Vietnam, Turkey and Iran, working to raise awareness and research funds for Charcot Marie Tooth Disorder. Moto We run for those who can’t. Most people with CMT can’t run and struggle with everyday tasks like buttoning buttons, opening jars and walking. I was told more than once that someone with CMT can’t run or should not exercise too hard. We have 20 members of Team CMT affected by this disorder. They bike, run, walk and do triathlons for those that can’t. I am proud to be the team founder and leader. Team members run for family and friends affected by CMT. Short Term Goals 2014 Boston Marathon and raise $10,000 for CMT research Classify into T3 at 2014 Paratriathlon Sprint Championship in Tempe Grow Team CMT to 200 members Be the best trained athlete possible within the limits of my CMT Raise awareness of CMT by competing in events, then getting media coverage. Long Term Goals Keep competing (CMT may take that away from me) National Para-triathlon Sprint Championship Compete at Para-triathlon World Championship Para-Olympics in Rio in 2016 Have a fund raising arm of Team CMT with athletes competing at triathlons and marathons. (Similar to Leukemia Society Determination) March 6, 2012 WTMJ-TV interview with Chris: Click Here! Photo: Tom Held Boston - Finished! (2012) Boston - Finished! (2014) Nationals 2013 Team USA Patco Dallas