AWARENESS SUPPORT TEAM
Chris Dugan – Awareness Director
Chris Dugan is a retired NFL placekicker for the Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks. He graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Education where he played football as well. In addition to the NFL, Chris played overseas in Kiel, Germany for one season. Chris has had several concussions during his playing career causing severe dementia. He happens to be the only NFL player to have played with epilepsy as well as acquired Chiari Malformation. Due to incurring many concussions over the years, Chris has endured 52 brain surgeries. Chris is currently a motivational speaker for Chris Dugan’s Motivational Speaking and is extremely proud to be on the Awareness Support Team for The Chiari Project.
Chris’s quote which he stand by, “It is not what happens to you, it is what you do about it!”
Ashley is a student at the University of Cincinnati and struggled with chronic migraine for her entire life, but felt the full effects of Chiari Malformation starting in her sophomore year of college. Since her decompression surgery, Ashley has been an active participant in the Bearcat Bands, in several student honorary organizations, and as a College of Engineering and Applied Science ambassador. She was selected to speak at UC’s freshmen convocation in 2016 to speak about her Chiari journey. Ashley still suffers but plans to pursue a career as a Physician Assistant in Child Neurology to help others struggling with neurological illness.
She is proud to volunteer her time for The Chiari Project as a leader in a motivational speaking initiative called BRAINSPIRE where she will continue to spread awareness for CM.
Rob Matar-Creative Consultant
Rob is an individual who gives a piece of his creative mind that improves the quality of life for those suffering the debilitating Chiari Malformation brain condition.
Maria McCutchen – Editor of TCP Quarterly
Maria McCutchen currently lives in Tennessee. She is a freelance writer and author of two books; including her memoir, “It’s all in Your Head.” She has been writing for many years; and for the past ten years she has been freelancing, writing articles for web content. She is an activist for those with brain cysts, and Chiari Malformation, and tries to help those who live with these rare medical disorders by educating them through her articles and her book.
Alicia Cheung – Visual Artist
Alicia Cheung is a talented artist that has been dealing with brain health issues for the last 18 years. From 1999 Up until 2016 Alicia has had an official total of 8 brain surgeries, 6weeks of radiation, 2 Brain Bleeds, 1 Brain Infection and was diagnosed with Chiari Malformation in 2014. Along with her new diagnosis, she has also had the decompression surgery. Its been a tough road up until now, but Alicia never gives up, and always looks on the brighter side to everything. Alicia contributed an art piece in the 1st Brain Art event and also designed a meaningful purple ribbon for the organizations constant push of Chiari Awareness.