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