Within a short period of time, plans were set in motion for a memorial 5K Run/ Walk to honor Christine. Not long after, a few of Christine’s neighbors and the Wilson family decided to form a charitable, non profit 501 C 3 foundation in Christine’s memory. They wanted to turn the tragedy into something positive for the community – and they wanted to do it in Christine’s name.
With that, The Christine Wilson Foundation was born. The founding four Trustees included two neighbors and friends of Christine (Dr. Mark King and Dean Knisley), along with Christine’s sister (Elizabeth Wilson) and her father (Tim Wilson). Christine always wanted to make a difference in the lives of others, and through this foundation, she is able to do just that.
The Christine Wilson Foundation has supported several local causes over the years, including The Burn Unit at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the Childhood League of Columbus, Miracle League, Willow Ridge Therapeutic Riding Stable, The Manger Store thru the Journey Church in Dublin, The Burn Unit at OSU Hospital, Christie’s Place, Bishop Watterson, St. Brendan School and Wexner’s Children’s Concert. In 2017, the Christine Wilson Teacher’s Work Room was dedicated at the new Childhood League Center in Columbus, Ohio.
The Burn Unit at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
One of the most longstanding beneficiaries of The Christine Wilson Foundation is The Burn Unit at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Burn Program provides the highest level of care for thermally injured children and adolescents in Central Ohio. The Christine Wilson Foundation has donated more than $500,000 to the program over the last 13 years, impacting the lives of countless local children. In 2013, the Christine Wilson Burn Center was dedicated at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.