about the bow tie guy

Chris maclellan

I specialize in Group Cruises and Tours. As a Certified Accessible Travel Advocate.


I can book all your travel plans!  Ask me how you can have anything from oxygen to a hoyer lift delivered to your cruise ship stateroom or hotel around the world!



About Chris MacLellan


Christopher MacLellan is affectionately known as "The Bow Tie Guy" in many caregiving circles. Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Chris has five siblings, 24 nieces and nephews and over 40 great nieces and nephews.  Faced with his partner’s diagnosis of      esophageal  cancer in 2011, Chris started a caregiving blog entitled, “The Purple Jacket” and is an ardent advocate for caregivers and their carees through his blog “The Purple Jacket” and radio show, “Healing Ties™”.   Chris’ Masters Degree thesis entitled, “Spiral of Silence: Caregiving, Stress and its Impact in the Workplace” was accepted by the faculty at Gonzaga University where Chris earned a Master's degree in Leadership and Communication in 2016.


Chris has a  diverse background in Social Work, Ministry, Senior Care, Arts Management and Professional Sports. I earned a B.A. Degree in Child Family and Community Service from Sangamon State University in Springfield, Illinois and have studied Theology at Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wisconsin.


Chris' passion centers around advocacy, sharing stories and connecting people to needed resources.  When we are entrusted to the care of others, there is no better  honor that can be bestowed on us. Leaders do not seek responsibility, leaders are drawn to  responsibility when they realize how their talents, skills and abilities can make a difference. Chris is   proponent of a holistic approach to good health and spirituality.   Down to earth and pragmatic, Chris works within a consensus style framework, while building bridges instead of roadblocks.






Five Things you might not know about me…


  1. I am proud of my three regional Professional Bowlers Associations titles and my 13, 300 games.
  2. I have been an avid hockey fan of the St. Louis Blues since 1967!
  3. The Bow Tie Guy: I wear bow-ties because several years ago when I weighed close to 300 lbs, my long ties always seem to get in the way.  So I switched to bow-ties which allowed to me realize that my long tie was not the problem!  Having lost over 100 lbs, I continue to wear the bow-tie as a reminder of that time in my life when I was obese and unhappy.  I also think bow-ties are more fashionable, too because wearing a bow-tie is like wearing two smiles on your face!
  4. I have 5 siblings and one favorite Sister-in-Law: JoAnn; Gerri; Merrille (George): Me (Richard, R.I.P.) Jim (Pat): Mary.
  5. Our three-part Caregiving Story ‘In Sickness and In Health: A Couple’s Final Journey’  as written by Diane Lade and Careline Jean of the South Florida  Sun-Sentinel has been seen world-wide by over 400,000 people and will be submitted for Pulitzer Prize nomination early 2015.




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