"Build for the Cure"
Chris was first diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma cancer when he was 25 years old. It was quite a shock at the time, and his treatments proved successful enough to place it in remission. The experience of facing cancer and the success with his treatments prompted Chris to dream of riding his bicycle from hospital to hospital to visit children undergoing cancer treatment, and to encourage their recovery.
Some years later at the age of 54 he returned from a vacation with his wife in the Smoky Mountains and began to have some trouble breathing. He initially thought it might be a bad case of asthma. In this case it was diagnosed as stage 4 esophageal cancer.
While in the hospital his spirits remained high, and his familiar humor came out with hospital staff and visitors. Chris joked with those around him in the hospital, and he found several opportunities to share his story and love for his Christian faith.
Chris was very active in the community. He dedicated many weekend mornings to assisting his church in setting up in the YMCA gymnasium for services, and he led many discussions on a possible church mission trip to Indonesia to help spread the Gospel throughout the world.
He also was very involved with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Run. For more than 25 years he helped with the planning and set-up. He discovered his love for the Irish community and its culture, and some years later discovered through DNA testing that he had ¾ Irish ancestry.
Many people in the community knew Chris through his work in the community, his participation in the church, and his sense of humor and kindness.
This Habitat for Humanity Annual Memorial Build will honor the life of Christian Wolf and his brave fight against cancer. The “Build for the Cure” will also celebrate his passion to help others, and to find a cure for all those who face the uncertain battle with cancer.
The family has chosen the Siteman Cancer Center, Shiloh, Illinois to be the recipient of the funds raised for research.
This Discovery Fund is a fund that benefits all cancer types. The Fund helps to recruit talented researcher’s, acquire the latest research equipment and tools, and supports new research projects to fight cancer.
This unique partnership between the Habitat for Humanity “Build for the Cure” and Siteman Cancer Center is a fight that we CAN WIN!
Build Homes & SAVE Lives
Joseph and Kristen Lama have lived in Collinsville for the past three years and are excited to put down roots and raise their three (3) small children – Sophia (5), Olivia (1), and Joseph (3 months) in the Collinsville community. Joseph’s family goes back four generations to the local area. His Great grandmother who is 91 lives in Collinsville, and his mother lives in Maryville.
They have been selected by Lewis and Clark Habitat for Humanity to be the recipient family of the first annual Christian Wolf “Build for the Cure” Home.
They currently live in a one-bedroom, one-bath -100 year old Farmhouse apartment – with a leaking roof/ceiling. Whenever it rains they have to place buckets and pans throughout the apartment to catch the rain drops.
Joseph says that this new home will be a most important chapter in the lives of their children. The children will be able to live in a more stable, safer neighborhood, will have bedrooms of their own, and they will be able to invite friends and members of their church to visit. In addition, Joseph will be able to have a space to give music lessons to former students who live in the Collinsville area.
This Habitat for Humanity Annual Memorial Build will honor the life of Christian (Chris) Wolf and his recent fight against cancer. Chris passed away on June 22, 2021. The “Build for the Cure” will celebrate his service in the community and passion to help others, and raise donations to help find a cure for those who face the uncertain battle with cancer.
Lewis and Clark Habitat will raise funds on their website during the construction of the house to be donated to the Siteman Cancer Research Center in Shiloh.
Saturday, October 23
501 Forest Drive, Collinsville, IL
When donating through the link above, you will be redirected to PayPal. Please ADD A NOTE to specify that you would like to contribute to: The “Build for the Cure” Build “
To make a gift/donation in honor of the Lewis & Clark Habitat for Humanity – Build for a Cure:
Checks can be mailed to the following address:
Siteman Cancer Center/WashU
Attn: Siteman third-party event program
7425 Forsyth Blvd. | MSC 1247
St. Louis, MO 63105
* Check made payable to: Siteman Cancer Center/WashU. In the memo line, place Lewis & Clark Habitat for Humanity-Build for a Cure.
Visit siteman.wustl.edu/tribute and follow the instructions below:
- Discovery Fund – Cancer Research
- Tribute Information – In Honor of
- Lewis & Clark Habitat for Humanity-Build for a Cure
- The rest of the form is personal information, etc.
Contact the Siteman Cancer Center Advancement Office at (314) 935-4725.
Please indicate that you would like to make a gift to the Lewis & Clark Habitat for Humanity-Build for a Cure designated to the Discovery Fund.