Thank you for visiting our team site. I am Todd, the namesake of this team. I was  diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease (YOPD) in late October 2012. At the time I was 31, about half the age of most Parkinson’s patients.While less common (YOPD effects 10% of all PD patients), Parkinson’s can effect young people, as I’ve found out first hand. YOPD typically progresses slower than PD in an older patient, but it also presents different challenges as somebody with YOPD still has to juggle a job, family, etc. along with the disease.

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological disorder resulting from the loss of dopamine-generating cells. While it affects people in many different ways, common symptoms includes shaking, rigidity, and slowness of movement. For me, rigidity and slowness are the primary symptoms, with an occasional tremor. The hardest part is that my hands and arms don’t always move the way I want them too. In the past six months I increased my medication quite a bit, and am now up to 15 doses a day, which is pretty typical for people with PD. The increased medicine, along with stretching and exercise, have largely kept my symptoms under control.

My life has changed a lot since I was diagnosed. I am now married, with a three-year old son and one-year old daughter. My son Griffin encourages me to stretch and exercise, and serves as a good workout partner. My daughter Annika is mobile and keeps me active with her lack of common sense and willingness to put anything in her mouth. My wife Lori Ann provides an incredible amount of support, and offers to do tasks she knows are difficult for me because of PD.  It’s the struggle with daily tasks that can be frustrating, since it’s a constant reminder of the disease. While Parkinson’s is always present, I’ve been lucky in that it hasn’t prevented me from doing many of the things I want to do. I can do them, just slower. I hope that things can stay this way for a long time.

At the same time, I’m realistic and know that Parkinson’s is a degenerative disease. There’s only so much I can do on my own, which is why I encourage you to consider joining Todd’s Team, or making a donation. Over the past five years we have been joined by an ever-growing amount of teammates and have raised over $50,000.  The challenges of Parkinson’s still exist and as of yet there is no cure. I am hopeful that with your donation more people will get the support and resources they need now, and one day soon we will find a cure.

With Gratitude and Thanks,

Todd and Team

Honor Roll

AbbVie Chicago Match Campaign
$3,795.00
Kathleen Bonham
$500.00
Jeff Feldman
$500.00
Sue & Jim Fergus
$300.00
Mr. Carl Johnson
$250.00
Ro & Wes
$250.00
Al and Sherrie Weiss
$250.00
Skip and Linda Cline
$200.00
Anonymous
$200.00
Christine Greidanus
$200.00
Priscilla Bradford
$200.00
Mr. Michael G. O'Hare
$150.00
Anonymous
$150.00
Ala & William Reid
$150.00
Dave & Carole
$138.00
Lin Greidanus
$100.00
Nancy Holmlund
$100.00
Mommy
$100.00
Lin, in honor of Todd
$100.00
Ellen Schmidt
$100.00
Anonymous
$100.00
Peter & Tracy Pellicori
$100.00
Ms. Carolyn A. Gibson
$100.00
Eileen and Bob Teska
$100.00
Ms. Ruth Bradford-Johnson
$100.00
Ruth Bradford-Johnson & Wayne Johnson
$100.00
Christine Koepsel
$100.00
Sharon Hanson
$100.00
Jim and Ellen Shiflet
$100.00
Ms. Janet A. Drier
$100.00
Mr. Mark S. Miller
$100.00
Sandy witt
$100.00
Dave and Margie
$100.00
Andy McLean
$100.00
Sue and Jim Fergus
$100.00
Anonymous
$100.00
The Minton & Stone Family
$100.00
Mr. Jeffrey L. Habelman
$100.00
Beverly Bradford
$100.00
Mr. Michael Emerson
$100.00
Tom and Jane Schrimpf
$100.00
Griffin & Annika
$440.00
Georgia Young
$100.00
Dad and Mom
$100.00
Daryl Fitzgibbons
$100.00
Ruth and Wayne
$150.00
Morris and Joyce Firebaugh
$100.00
Russ & Tedi
$100.00
Anonymous
$100.00
Anonymous
$100.00
Wayne Johnson
$100.00
Joyce & Jerry Hershberger
$75.00
Anonymous
$75.00
Loren & Cindi Larsen
$75.00
Steve & Patty Schauf Family
$75.00
Brown Family
$75.00
Anonymous
$75.00
Anonymous
$75.00
Miss Margaret H Drysdale
$75.00
John and Ruth Petitt
$75.00
Tony and Nora Pavao
$75.00
Wayne and Ruth
$100.00
McGibbon Family
$50.00
Barb & Doug Click
$50.00
Michelle A. Mader
$50.00
Steve H.
$50.00
Barb Tylenda
$50.00
Fran V
$50.00
Cathy and Ed DeGroot
$50.00
Guenter & Sandra Wiedemann
$50.00
Ms. Susan J. Dindorf
$50.00
Ms. Sandra L. Weber
$50.00
Andy & Gail McIntosh
$50.00
Abby, Mark Eliana and Lila Sommer
$50.00
Ms. Larilyn L. Arbelaez
$50.00
Christine & Ron Hopkins
$50.00
Cheryl Eshelman
$50.00
Connie Reimer
$50.00
Elaine Hovley-Ostrov
$50.00
Carol R Ruxton
$50.00
Anonymous
$50.00
Ms. Susan HIpp
$50.00
Pat & Dick Ehlert
$50.00
Diane Lange
$50.00
Anonymous
$50.00
Lea, Mark & Zoe
$50.00
Jayne
$50.00
Your favorite wife
$50.00
Loisann Huntley
$50.00
Margaret Smedegaard
$50.00
Roger and Suzanne Chernik
$50.00
Linda and John Brown
$50.00
Nancy Hennessy
$50.00
Anonymous
$50.00
Andrea Bumpurs
$50.00
connie molbeck
$50.00
Coyle-Janes Clan
$50.00
Ms. Marie Molstad
$50.00
Melissa And Jay Warner
$50.00
Charlotte Wells
$50.00
Harry Orenstein
$50.00
Shirley Spence
$50.00
Alicia Zapata
$50.00
The Baker Family
$50.00
Grandma & Grandpa
$145.00
Julie R
$40.00
Susan & Doug Kowalski
$40.00
Michael Rude
$40.00
Sarah and Craig Edwards
$35.00
Roger & Jean Blauvelt
$35.00
sharon and joe cushing
$35.00
Luan Wells
$35.00
Stephanie C Sutton
$35.00
Joel Gaughan
$35.00
JIm & Sally Neitzel
$35.00
Mrs. Arlene J Scolaro
$35.00
Anonymous
$35.00
Anonymous
$35.00
Carol M.
$35.00
Dorothy Feeney
$35.00
Cynthy
$35.00
Mr. Nicholas Bartzen
$35.00
Karen Broman
$35.00
Peter & Angie Bartzen
$35.00
Ginna Ruta
$35.00
Sue Hutson
$35.00
Roseann Mason
$35.00
Carolyn Churchill
$35.00
Anonymous
$35.00
Michael Jones
$35.00
Brian Johnson
$35.00
Connie Johnson
$35.00
Mr. Jordan Greidanus
$35.00
Kelly Bryant
$35.00
Anonymous
$35.00
Anonymous
$35.00
Anonymous
$35.00
Maggie Johnson
$35.00
Mom & Dad
$30.00
Aunt Ruth and Uncle Wayne
$25.00
Marilyn & Tom
$25.00
Loretta Sue Miner
$25.00
Ms. Susan M. Chambasian
$25.00
Jackie & Mike DeLeo
$25.00
Susyd875
$25.00
Ms. Sharon L. Ryan
$25.00
Lori & Mark Schmid
$25.00
Ronald & Patricia Brodsko
$25.00
Aug & Lin Greidanus
$25.00
Kris Hansen
$25.00
Todd, LA, Annika, & Griffin
$50.00
Ms. Sophie Clay
$25.00
Anonymous
$25.00
Mrs. Susan M. Kowbel-Keller
$25.00
Ms. Linda C. Campeau
$25.00
Jeanne D Arnold
$25.00
Todd, LA, Griffin, & Annika
$90.00
Anonymous
$25.00
Aunt Ruth & Uncle Wayne
$50.00
Grandpa and Grandma
$25.00
Ken & Marie Potterton
$25.00
Anonymous
$25.00
Gregory Mason
$25.00
Mary M Siuta
$25.00
Louise Killberg
$25.00
Todd's parents
$25.00
Anonymous
$20.00
Ed & Ira Leidel
$20.00
Shirley Reynolds
$20.00
Connie Gudbaur
$20.00
Richard Johnson
$20.00
Ms. Jo Ellen Burns
$20.00
Jim & Pam Cremer
$20.00
Jack Hansen
$20.00
Thomas & Constance Lonergan
$20.00
Aug & Lin
$20.00
Anonymous
$20.00
Anonymous
$20.00
Carol Schauf
$20.00
Mrs. Mary E. Cleland
$20.00
Susan J. Barbee
$20.00
Dave & Peggy Laz Recknagel
$10.00