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Amtrak Conductor-Turned-Designer Raises Funds for PDF

As an Amtrak conductor for 18 years, Chris Waugh met people from all walks of life.  Through one of these chance encounters, he became a unique kind of “PDF Champion:”  a fashion designer!

About two years ago, Chris met Tina Lutz, a regular passenger on the Amtrak route from Kingston, RI to New Haven, CT.   Over time, the two shared stories about their lives, careers and families — including Chris’s wife Cathy and their two children, and his father, who lives with Parkinson’s disease (PD).

They also chatted often about Tina’s fashion design company, Lutz & Patmos, and its seasonal guest designers — among them, Sofia Coppola, Liv Tyler and Julianne Moore.  Each guest designer created an item of clothing and designated a charity to receive a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of that item.

As Tina and Chris talked one day, Chris quipped half-jokingly, “If you’re looking for a guest designer — I’m here, ready, willing and able.”  Little did he know that Tina would take him seriously and would sign him up to be the next guest designer.

Over several train rides to New Haven, the two chatted about Chris’s ideas for a women’s sweater (developed with 13-year old daughter, Brooke, in mind).  As Chris described his thoughts, Tina would sketch them.  As the design neared completion, Chris told Tina that he wanted the charity portion of his sweater sales to be used to support the fight against Parkinson’s, in honor of his father. 

What started out as a casual conversation has now become a reality. Chris’ cashmere, hooded sweater is now available in stores nationwide, where $20 of each purchased item will go to support PDF’s mission of research, education and advocacy.

Chris found the entire process to be a wonderful experience for his whole family, including his father.  To order your sweater and support PDF, please visit,  PDF thanks Chris, Tina and all of our PDF Champions for their efforts!

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