Mac Christman is a life-long CHOC Children’s patient who was born with a form of spina bifida. Spina bifida is a congenital birth defect affecting the bones of the back, the spinal cord and nerves and fluid-filled sac surrounding the spinal cord. It can cause a host of medical issues, including heart, gastrointestinal and orthopedic problems. Mac’s spina bifida has required him to undergo numerous surgeries and ongoing care at CHOC since he was born.
Although Mac’s issues are chronic, he does not allow his condition to define him. He is currently a freshman at Tesoro High School and is a typical teenager who loves his family, the Anaheim Ducks, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Steelers. He enjoys hanging out with his friends and playing poker and Xbox. He ran cross-country for his high school this year and is currently running the one mile and two mile in track.
For the past 15 years, Mac, his family and supporters have participated in the “CHOC Walk in the Park” as Team Mac to help raise awareness and desperately needed funds for CHOC Children’s Hospital and CHOC Children’s at Mission. Participating in the CHOC Walk every year is Mac and his family’s way of showing their deep appreciation to the numerous doctors and nurses who have given Mac the opportunity to live such a fantastic and fulfilling life.