Todd Wohlt Memorial Fund

$12,665 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 146 people in 37 months
Todd Wohlt - husband of Julie (Appleton North HS English Teacher) and dad of Sebastian (14), Sawyer (13), both students of Einstein Middle School, and Elizabeth (5), student at Ferber Elementary -  was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer in January of 2013. For the sake of his family, Todd sought the most aggressive cancer treatment and won many rounds against this malignant monster.  Unfortunately, today, May 27, 2016, he lost the three year battle.

On behalf of the family, the English Language Arts department at ANHS is establishing this campaign to raise money to help with the extensive medical costs associated with Todd's illness, his funeral expenses, his children's education and their future financial needs.

During the past three years, Todd was unemployed and Julie rapidly depleated her allotted sick days in order to care for her sick husband.  Sadly, a majority of her "days off" were not only without pay, but she also was required to contribute to cover substitute teacher fees and medical benefits. The Wohlt family would be so grateful for your support to allow them to regain their financial stability. 

We sincerly hope that this deserving family is blessed by your generous donation. Any and all amounts are greatly appreciated.

Most Thankful,
ANHS English Language Arts Staff
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I will be closing the Go Fund Me page for Todd Wohldt effective July 1 2017 so that wife, Julie, and his children may access the funds. They appreciate everyone's contibutions thus far. Get your final donations in soon!
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Message from Julie Wohlt:

Todd never carved a flightless bird.
 
Todd may have admired many aspects of birds—their delicate forms; their feather variations (soft or sleek, brilliantly colored or beautifully camouflaged); and their unique songs, whistles, and warbles--but I believe their ability to fly was a significant part of his fascination. He often could tell the species of a bird based solely on the way it flew, the way the wings sliced through the air, the rapidity of wing-beats. Did the bird soar, glide, dip, dart, dive, flutter, hover? Did it burst into flight, or did it take a running start across the water in order to become airborne? Did its wings speak to the wind, or did they maintain perfect silence? Think of how loud the frenetic wing beats of the tiny hummingbird are compared to the silent, surreptitious flight of the largest owl.
 
Todd was the wings in our family. Not the wind beneath our wings, but the wings themselves—
sometimes allowing us to coast on a breeze and requiring only miniscule adjustments to keep us on course, other times keeping us alight only by battling the wind with quick, powerful strokes and sheer will power. On May 27, 2016 our wings were clipped. In mid-flight, we suddenly became desperate, wingless creatures free-falling back to earth. Only the great love and support of family and friends—of YOU--allowed us to survive the plummet by easing our descent and buffering the final impact.
 
The Wohlt family survived, but we are grounded now.
 
We can no longer fly, but we are not truly “flightless birds.” A flightless bird has never tasted the sky and doesn’t know what it is missing. It is reconciled to gravity, to its feet on the ground. We are like injured birds, living in a state of rehabilitation; we are protected and cared for but still crave the open sky.
 
The last bird Todd completed (about a month before his death) was a female anhinga, a bird whose fossilized ancestors have been discovered as far back as the Oligocene Epoch—30 million years ago. Scientists today believe that birds evolved from dinosaurs, and it is easy to believe this theory if you watch the way a turkey walks or look at a hoatzin or an anhinga. Perhaps that was the final lesson that Todd left behind for us, his family and dear friends: that one can evolve, that a flightless creature can achieve flight for the sake of survival.
 
It is what we are now striving to do—to fly on our own, to fly without wings.

Thank you so much for helping us in our free-fall. God bless you and give you wings!

With deepest gratitude,
The Wohlt Family
Female Anhinga carved by Todd Wohlt 2016
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Todd Wohlt Memorial Fund has reached 50% of its goal. Thanks to Joan, Chuck & Cheryl and Ray And Sue.
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Thank you all for your generous sport for the Wohlt family. W e are almost half way to the goal, let's keep it going. Please post and send to others to contribute!
Fishing Wohlt Family 2013
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Brenda Rousseau-Tennessen
35 months ago

Oh Julie, what a lovely piece you have written here! Todd was so lucky to have his loving family help see him through this tragic illness. Please don't hesitate to contact me for anything you need while healing. I am praying for you and your family and think of you often!

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$12,665 of $20,000 goal

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Created May 27, 2016
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MD
$55
Matthew Drews
24 months ago
$20
Anonymous
30 months ago
BS
$100
Bill Sherman
33 months ago
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I met Todd when he had his loader for his cub dropped off at my place. We then worked on his tractor here in my shop later that fall. Todd was a super nice guy. I am so sorry for your loss.

LK
$200
Linda Kirk
33 months ago
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We recently saw a bird carving at the Woodson Art Museum in Wausau that we loved so much that we came home and Googled the artist. It was with great sadness that we learned that Todd had passed away a few months ago, leaving a young family. Our deepest sympathy. Linda and Larry

DR
$50
Dennis Raney
33 months ago
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Todd will be missed by all of the members of FarmallCub.com. He was a valued and important part of the community. Our prayers are with you and everyone who's lives he touched. He will be missed. Bless You.

CV
$75
Connie Vollmann
34 months ago
EL
$25
Edward Legg
34 months ago
1
1

Never met Todd but always was in awe when seeing his work. My condolences to his family

RS
$200
Robert Seas
35 months ago
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I regret never introducing myself to Todd at the World Competition, but followed and greatly admired his work over the years. I'm heartbroken by the loss of Todd and wish you peace and strength in living your lives to the fullest in his honor.

VM
$20
Vicki McMorrow
35 months ago
$20
Anonymous
35 months ago
Brenda Rousseau-Tennessen
35 months ago

Oh Julie, what a lovely piece you have written here! Todd was so lucky to have his loving family help see him through this tragic illness. Please don't hesitate to contact me for anything you need while healing. I am praying for you and your family and think of you often!

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