Todd served in the military with the United States Coast Guard for over 24 years, and he retired in 2011 as an E-7 Chief Petty Officer. Todd is currently employed by the Kentucky Department of Corrections where he is the warehouse supervisor at the Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville, Kentucky.
Todd was diagnosed in March of 2017 with stage four high grade osteosarcoma, which is a type of bone cancer for which there is no cure at this time. Todd has been seen by doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, and he is currently being treated at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. His current treatment is a 21-day cycled regiment with the sole purpose of extension of life. This treatment, however, is quite detrimental to the quality of life, causing low plasma, platelets, and white blood cell count, as well as infections. Since starting this treatment, Todd has spent over a month in the hospital and received multiple blood and platelet transfusions as a result of this treatment. Todd has recently been informed by his doctors that his current life expectancy is not what they had once hoped.
Todd and his wife are now focusing their efforts on moving to Tampa, Florida, where they will live with family members while Todd receives treatment at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. Until he is officially accepted into the Moffitt Cancer Center, however, Todd and his family will remain in Kentucky, where Todd will attempt to return to work as he is able. Unfortunately, because of the complications associated with his current treatment regiment, those days are few and far between, and Todd has consequently used up the entirety of his sick leave and vacation benefits at the Penitentiary. Amy has also had to leave her job in order to care for Todd.
This is a deserving family that needs all the prayers and financial support that we can provide. If you are willing and able to make a monetary donation, you may do so here.
In addition to this GoFundMe campaign, there are a couple of other fundraisers which have been organized by some of Todd’s co-workers. Silicone wristbands that say, “No One Left Behind! WE FIGHT TOGETHER!!” are being sold for $5 each. The other fundraiser is a giveaway for which tickets can be purchased for $10 each for a chance to win one of several items that have been donated by various sponsors. These items include: a custom-built AR-15 rifle, a Mossberg Maverick model 88 shotgun, a $175 prepaid Visa, a his & her spa package, a pair of Oakley Thin Blue Line Gas Cans (sunglasses), and a pair of Holiday World tickets. Sponsors of this fundraiser include Rock 98.3 WJLI, Office Depot, Essential Day Spa, and Trigg Shooters (Cadiz, KY). The winners will be announced at Trigg Shooters, LLC, in Cadiz, KY, on September 30, 2017. If you would like to obtain a wristband or tickets to the drawing, please click on the green envelope (in the right sidebar of this page, next to the name Melvin "Doug" O'Dell, the creator of this campaign) to send an email, and we can work out the details from there. All proceeds go directly to Todd and his family to be used as needed.
We, as friends of Todd and his family, appreciate your time and any financial support that you can provide. We know Todd and his family are forever grateful for the outpouring of love and support they have received since they were given the heartbreaking news of Todd’s illness earlier this year. God bless.