Christine Hanks was born in Farmington, CT, in 1986 as the youngest of 3 girls to parents Clyde and Natalia Hanks. She moved to Colorado in 2003 for college and played varsity volleyball and studied English at Colorado College. Her parents moved to the Vail Valley in 2004 and she soon followed suit in 2009. In November of 2009, her mother, Natalia, was diagnosed with ALS. As her disease progressed, the need of a full time caregiver arose in the beginning of 2012. Christine then opted to leave her professional work in marketing, which she had been doing for 3 years, to help take care of her mother. Christine has been living at home as her mother's full-time caregiver since the Spring of 2012. With the help of her father, who works full time but who also lives in the house, and her two sisters, Katharine and Alana, Christine has been able to help keep her mother as healthy and comfortable as possible.