In early 2018, Chris Poulsen started experiencing unusual neck pain and headaches. Chris attributed his symptoms to longer hours at work. Eventually, in early April 2018, neurological symptoms brought Chris to the Emergency Department at Kootenai Medical Center. The Poulsen family received news that Chris had two masses in his brain and one in his lungs. After a biopsy and imaging, Chris was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic melanoma and has since began radiation treatment.
Chris and Jenny have four beautiful children: Riley (16), Ashton (14), Aiden (11), and Anders (7). Everyone that meets Chris is struck by his warmth, gentle soul, and humility.
Chris worked for 10 years in the advertising industry. At 34, Chris decided on a career change and spent the next four years in dental school followed by a periodontal residency. Chris wanted to provide the best life for Jenny and their children. Of course, this came with great sacrifice for Chris and Jenny, not to mention hundreds of thousands of dollars in student loans.
In 2014, Chris purchased Post Falls Periodontics and has been tirelessly working to get the practice off the ground and establish a life in North Idaho. Chris was just beginning to make his mark in the periodontal field and realize some return on his sacrifice and investment when the family received this terrible news.
With his livelihood in jeopardy, it is uncertain how the family will cover the crushing medical bills that are sure to come, the rent on their home, and basic day to day needs. It is time for us to be for Chris what he has always been for everybody else: generous, loving, and willing to sacrifice.
The greatest gift we could give Chris is peace of mind so he can do something completely new--focus on himself. Please help all you can so Chris can begin his fight unburdened by the stress and worry that comes with being unable to provide for Jenny and the kids.
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