Many of you know Todd and Lauren French and have had your life touched by them in some way. Maybe you grew up with them in Milford or went to school with Lauren at UD or Todd at Eastern (or one of the 10 other schools Todd has a degree from). Maybe your son or daughter was lucky enough to be taught by Todd or Lauren or coached by them in soccer or Girls on the Run. However you know them, you know they are the kindest, most caring, compassionate and dedicated individuals and that they make this town, our lives and this world a brighter and better place.
For those of you who don’t know the full story, about 7 years ago, Todd was diagnosed with cardiac sarcoidosis. Sarcoidosis is a rare inflammatory disease that can affect any organ, but it’s especially bad in the heart. This disease has led to the need for a device to be implanted in Todd’s chest that acts as a pacemaker and defibrillator to try and keep his heart beating correctly. It has also led to countless nights in the hospital, helicopter rides to Penn hospital, multiple surgeries and ablations (where they burn parts of the heart to create scar tissue in hopes to create normal heart rhythm), having to step down as head soccer coach and many lonely nights apart from his family.
Despite all of this, Todd and Lauren have handled everything that has been thrown at them with absolute grace and courage. And there is light on the horizon because Todd has just been placed on the national transplant waiting list as a status 2 patient, which typically means 1-2 months wait time. For the time being, he will continue to be hospitalized at Penn where he is being looked after by some of the best doctors in the country. Not to be outdone, Lauren is just days away from giving birth to their second child, a little girl!
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They have given us all so much.
What a gift it would be to give back to them and say thank you.
Carly, Sarah, Ashley, Aaron, Adam, Drew, Artie and Steve