We had the good fortune of connecting with Heather Christiansen and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Heather, what do you want people to remember about you?
I hope my greatest legacy is the positive impact I’ve made not only in the IBD community but also my 3 wonderful children. I want it to be known I was always strong, I fought hard to stay healthy, and my goal is to help as many people as I can. I’ve always tried my hardest to be kind and never judge anyone. You never know what their story is or the journey they have traveled. Be kind always..

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a successful real estate investor when I am not being a mother or trying to help patients. I have a great group of people that I work with on different projects and again in like anything I do they are a solid trustworthy group of people. It takes all of us working together to make each project come together weather it be a flip, rental property or being involved in a larger group project.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Arizona is the best place to be for spring. The weather is fabulous and the entertainment is endless. In the past Heather’s Mission has been honored to be involved with fashion week, which is a must. You cant visit Scottsdale without a spring training game. We might be Giants fans over here and they have been kind enough to allow us to set up booths at the SF Giants camp to spread the word about our mission and just connect with patients. Waste Management Phoenix Open is probably the biggest attraction around and it will never disappoint but I personally can say my favorite thing to do is a quick trip to Sedona. That’s the place to go hike, relax, unwind and just breathe.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I learned early in my disease you can’t make it alone. I always say…”It takes a village…” You need a solid foundation of family, friends and other patients to help keep you strong. With those core people and connecting it helps to create a good foundation to a successful non profit organization such as Heather’s Mission. In our 3 years we’ve implemented some great programs which helps us give back to the community. Our Awesome Ollie Program with the help of Dawnette Meredith’s cuddly bear who lives with an ostomy has helped us connect with patients in which we donate Awesome Ollie in their time at the hospital recovering from surgery. Also our HM Pups with the help of Kelli Collins and Havoc K9 Training Center she has been able to help train our own service dog Cee Cee. We will eventually be able to take her into hospitals and events to help comfort IBD patients. Kelli has also helped us train and donate a pup to a young patient named Michelle who has spent years battling Crohn’s Disease. Luna was hand picked, trained and delivered in about 7 months and we were able to raise the funds within a few fast months to get this sick patient her forever companion.

Website: https://www.heathersmission.org

Instagram: @heathers_mission

Linkedin: Heather Christiansen

Facebook: Heather’s Mission

Image Credits
Ryan Osmun Photography https://www.ryanosmunphoto.com/ instagram @ryanosmunphotography FB@BrianDunhamPhotography Brian Dunham Photography

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