Christopher Sparkman, a U.S. Army veteran, is the security guard who was working at the Kennesaw FedEx facility when an employee opened fire on April 29, 2014. Christopher was shot multiple times at close range with a shotgun. He has been hospitalized on and off since the incident and has undergone more than 30 surgeries.
A February surgery was supposed to be the last, but there were complications. Christopher had the option of staying in the hospital for a year or going home. Christopher opted to go home where he remains on a clear liquid diet and bowel rest until his next surgery in 2016.
At the time of the incident, Christopher was weeks away from celebrating his first anniversary with his wife, Jaime Lynn. Jamie Lynn gave up her job to take care of Christopher, who requires round-the-clock care, including extensive wound care treatment.
Christopher, who was an independent contractor for FedEx at the time of the incident, has been denied disability benefits twice. Currently, the Sparkmans’ only source of income is small weekly benefits of workman’s comp from Allied Barton, and benevolent gifts provided by contributors.
Jaime Lynn maintains a blog at www.sparkmanstrong.blogspot.com to keep their friends, supporters and prayer warriors updated. Recently she wrote, “People often say to me, ‘How do you do it?’ and I tell them, ‘I’m not alone.’ “H.O.G. is hosting the June event in conjunction with the men and women of the Kennesaw Police Department who are helping to raise funds for the Sparkman family.