Christopher Morgan Graham passed away on July 11, 2021 in his home, surrounded by his loving family, at the age of 38. He was born on June 27, 1983 in Lubbock, Texas to parents Larry M. Graham and Patricia A. McCarty Graham. Christopher graduated from Jesuit High School in 2001 in his adopted hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. He went on to graduate from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 2005 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2008. He attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine where he graduated in 2012. He then completed an internship year in New Orleans before moving to Columbus, Ohio to begin his residency in Radiology. There, he met his beloved wife, Nicole Freitag Graham. Despite his cancer diagnosis, the two were married on August 27, 2016. Upon completion of his residency program, Christopher and Nicole moved to Lake Charles where he joined Access Radiology and practiced at various hospitals across Southwest Louisiana. The couple enjoyed nearly 5 years of marriage, during which time they welcomed their son, Gabriel (2019), and traveled to numerous medical facilities seeking treatment for both his cancer diagnosis and subsequent post-operative complications.
A special note of thanks to those individuals across the country who supported, comforted, and opened their homes to Christopher and Nicole during his various treatments. The family has been greatly comforted by the outpouring of love and support from the community throughout the duration of Christopher's battle with peritoneal mesothelioma. Specifically, a particular thanks to everyone too numerous to even begin to recognize who supported his family with donations, meals, visits, but most importantly through prayer. The family further wishes to thank each team of physicians, nurses, and researchers who provided treatment and surgery throughout Christopher's treatment. Additionally, a heartfelt thank you to Heart of Hospice and Christopher's nurse, Amy, who exerted patience and perseverance until the very end.
Christopher most loved his family, especially the great joy he received in watching his son, Gabriel, grow and flourish. He had a deep love of scuba diving, space, photography, participating in Mardi Gras by riding in the Krewe of Endymion with his father, anything LSU or New Orleans related, and sharing and conversing about his beliefs with others. He took great pleasure in helping and advocating for all of his patients throughout his career by providing care, compassion, and understanding from the perspective of having been a patient himself. He also wrote blog entries for the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation wherein he detailed his experiences both from the perspective of patient and physician. If you are interested in reading Christopher's story you can visit: www.curemeso.org/blog/christopher-graham.
Christopher is survived by his beloved wife, Nicole, and their son Gabriel Morgan. He is further survived by his parents, Patricia A. Graham and Larry M. Graham (Kim); his sisters, Megan Callahan (James), and Emily Graham; his nieces and nephew, Eric, Natalie, and Cailin Callahan; his maternal grandmother Annette M. McCarty; and various aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Evan L. Graham, Celesta N. Graham, and James J. McCarty.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Mesothelioma Applied Research foundation at curemeso.org.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Charles from 12-1pm followed by Mass at 1pm on Thursday, July 15, 2021. A graveside service will be held at a later date in New Orleans with close family and friends.
Published by American Press on Jul. 14, 2021.