Fundraising Appeal for Christian Dahmen

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 31, 2011
Filed in News

Christian Dahmen is an extraordinary fellow who is a long term supporter and advisor for Anecdote. He is now in the battle of his life and he needs our help. Christian has Lou Gehrig’ disease, a motor neuron foul up that is wasting his muscles away causing weakness and respiratory difficulties.
Christian has exhausted his resources attempting to recover and is now thousands of miles away from his 12 year old son while he gets treatment in Germany. This appeal is to raise money to help Christian get his son and partner over to visit and help with some of his expenses.
Christian is a generous man. When we started Anecdote we were looking for advisors to guide our approach. I met Christian in New Zealand at a conference. He had had a stellar career in Europe in both consulting and manufacturing then moved to New Zealand to pursue a quieter life with his family. He became an executive coach. I asked him whether he wouldn’t mind meeting with Mark and I and give us some advice but as we were starting out we didn’t have a lot of money to pay an advisor. “No problems guys,” Christain replied. “Just buy me a book you think I would enjoy.” And that’s what we did. Here we are at our favourite cafe in Melbourne. We are smiling because of the all the great ideas Christain just shared with us.
Now Christian is confined to his wheelchair and has trouble speaking. He is amazingly upbeat however and has been steadily writing his book. The last chapter arrived in my inbox this week.
Of course many of you won’t know Christian. But I’m hoping many of you will still want to help another good person out, someone who would be the first to help others.
Please give what you can and thank you for reading this post.

About  Shawn Callahan

Shawn, author of Putting Stories to Work, is one of the world's leading business storytelling consultants. He helps executive teams find and tell the story of their strategy. When he is not working on strategy communication, Shawn is helping leaders find and tell business stories to engage, to influence and to inspire. Shawn works with Global 1000 companies including Shell, IBM, SAP, Bayer, Microsoft & Danone. Connect with Shawn on:

One Response to “Fundraising Appeal for Christian Dahmen”

  1. Markus Kutscher Says:

    I‘m from Germany and I joined school with Christian and his wife Dagmar until our examine in 1983. By chance I heard about Christians condition. Unfortunately I lost any contact to Christian and/or Dagmar for years. As head of our reuninion committee i‘m still in contact with most of the class of 1983. Can you send me as soon as possible any informations how to help? So I can organize my contacts in Germany. Best regards, Markus

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