Mom beamed proudly as Christen held a sign spelling out her upcoming walk to shed light on homeless military veterans.
“This is big,” Eileen Sullivan said in a low tone watching her
14-year-old daughter pose for photos.
“This isn’t about money, it’s more about awareness,” Eileen said.
“This is about what’s going on with our veterans.”
This is about “Christen’s Wish” — a 2K “Walk in a Veteran’s Boots” on
Wednesday that will begin at 1 p.m. at the Western Avenue entrance to
Coveleski Stadium, with registration set for 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
And it’s about a 14-year-old girl who wanted to do something for her
father, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of Desert Storm, and other
veterans who fought for their country then came home to fight to keep
a roof over their heads.
That is, a 14-year-old girl who organized a large-scale event with
sponsors while shrugging off autism.
“I saw my mom and dad struggle,” Christen reasons as to why she cast
herself as the poster child to help troubled military veterans.
John Sullivan was classified as disabled because of seizures,
debilitating joint and muscle pain, and other health issues the
Sullivans blame on John’s exposure to contaminated water while he was