Christensen Family Benefit Concert
Time & Location
About The Event
At the age of two, Dustin’s parents discovered that Dustin was born with Cystic Fibrosis (CF), a genetically transferred disorder of the lungs and digestive system. At this time of his birth, CF patients typically lived to be around 12 years of age.
Always the fighter, Dustin continually researched health and nutrition and took tremendous care in maintaining his health. He also did not let it slow him down: Dustin graduated from Oroville High School in 1996 and headed to Spokane to attend Spokane Falls Community College. He met Julee shortly thereafter, moved to Wenatchee, and started Tonka Construction. A decade later he and Julee adopted four children, creating a “forever family” for Alirie, Rebecca, Eli, and Ana.
Unfortunately, Wenatchee’s fire season creates many problems for those with compromised pulmonary systems. Dustin was no exception, and he developed a serious lung infection in September of 2018. On Tuesday, September 18th, his family found him unconscious. They immediately began life-saving measures and called 911. Miraculously, the response teams arrived within 4 minutes and transported Dustin to the hospital. They stabilized him and immediately put him into a cold and drug induced coma to limit damage to his brain and organs. The medical staff was very honest with the family, telling them they didn’t know what impacts Dustin suffered and that it would be several days before they pulled him out of the coma. As Dustin’s aunt, Valerie Valentine Keegan, wrote:
“Well, anyone who knows Dustin knows he is a fighter and there is NO QUIT in him. He woke himself out of the coma, started telling the nurses what he needed, asked for coffee and wanted to know when he could leave.”
Even so, Dustin’s rehabilitation has been long and arduous and has included two stays in ICU and two trips to a rehab facility outside of Spokane. The longer-term prognosis is still uncertain, but certainly Dustin has been beating the odds his entire life.
Many groups and individuals have already assisted the family, for which we are all profoundly grateful. But the needs are enormous just due to medical bills alone, not to mention the loss of all income from Dustin’s business. The worship concert on March 15th is an opportunity for both Dustin’s church family at Awaken as well as other friends in the community to come together and help this amazing family with their longer-term needs