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Industry Folks – Bob Aniol, Project Executive, Sundt Construction

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DALLAS/FORT WORTH – When Caitlynn, daughter of Sundt project executive Bob Aniol, began walking at 15 months, she fell often, as toddlers do. But when Caitlynn continued falling with no improvement, Aniol and his wife found themselves shuttled between specialists, trying to find the cause.

    The Aniols finally found a doctor at Scottish Rite Hospital who could offer a diagnosis: Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia, a neuromuscular condition characterized by leg weakness and spasticity or stiffness. The condition is lifelong, with no specific treatments to prevent, slow or reverse it. Physical therapy is important, however, and Caitlynn immediately entered into a program to keep her muscles strong and maintain her muscle range.
    Aniol’s experience motivated him to become involved with the Spastic Paraplegia Foundation, an organization dedicated to finding a cure for HSP and Primary Lateral Sclerosis (PLS). He has served as the foundation’s Texas ambassador and works tirelessly to raise awareness and research funds for HSP. His company joined the cause as well.
    “Over the past five years, Sundt, through its Sundt Foundation, has raised money for research for HSP,” Aniol says. Those donations, combined with funds donated by other companies, family and friends has totaled more than $30,000.
    These days, 15-year old Caitlynn is thriving and planning to attend Texas A&M, her dad’s alma mater. Aniol had attended the university with his sights set on engineering but instead gravitated toward the school of construction, and entered the field in 1994. It was the right choice for Aniol, who enjoys the challenges and variety construction offers. He’s also appreciative of the projects he’s had the opportunities to work on such as the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport and George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
    When he isn’t working or shining a light on HSP, he enjoys fishing, teaching his 13-year-old daughter Carlie how to hunt and attending Comic-Con events and Texas A&M football games with Caitlynn, who is an avid fan of both. –mjm


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Melissa Jones-Meyer constructionnewssa@yahoo.com