The Todds

The Todds
I'll keep pushing, you keep praying!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Visitation and Memorial

Trent E. Todd, 49, beloved husband of Jill (nee Ritter), loving son of the late John (Jess) and Bernice Todd, devoted father of Sophia and Bryce Todd, dear brother of Cidni Todd, Jessica (Melvin) Todd-Hunt, Troy Todd, Karen Todd, Sharon Todd and the late John (Cherie) Todd. Passed away Tuesday, December 10, 2013.

Trent was a coach with the Lakota Stallions football team and a member of the Teamsters Local 100 Union and Wellspring Community Church.

Visitation at Mueller Funeral Home, 6791 Tylersville Road, Mason, OH 45040 on Sunday, December 15 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Service will be at Center Pointe Christian Church, 5962 Hamilton Mason Rd, Liberty Twp, OH 45011 on Monday at 10:00 AM. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Trent Todd Memorial Fund at any Fifth Third Bank branch. To send a condolence, visit

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Update #69 - Sadness

"To live is Christ, to die is gain" (Philippians 1:21). And God has certainly gained the company of an amazing man today.

For anyone who has not seen the information on Facebook or elsewhere already, Trent passed away early this morning as the result of an aggressive infection that developed over the past two days from his second transplant. He was surrounded by family and felt no pain as he slipped peacefully into Jesus' arms.

The last news that Trent heard when he was conscious was that he would be getting a new lung. And the last voice that he heard when he was sleeping last night was that of his son Bryce sharing his love for his dad. In true Coach Todd fashion, Trent selflessly held on long enough for Bryce and his cousins to get to Cleveland to say goodbye.

While Bryce headed north for one last hug, Sophia decided that she would rather not have her final memory of her father be in a hospital bed. She is well protected and cared for with her close friend.

Jill and family are resting now and will be headed back to West Chester later today. Please remember their grief and exhaustion, and pass your thoughts, prayers and encouragement along through email, blog comment, snail mail or Facebook message instead of overwhelming them with voicemails and text messages.

Jesus weeps with us all today, not because of Trent's death, but because of our pain. "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort who comforts us in all our troubles" (2 Corinthians 1:3). Prayers for Jill, Bryce, Sophia and family, and for all of us as we grieve the loss of our beloved Coach Todd.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Update #68 - Giving Thanks

The progress may seem slow and the updates infrequent, but Trent continues to improve. Doctors are gradually working to wean him off of the machines and medicines that have been allowing his body to rest and recuperate since the transplant, and they are pleased with where he is eleven days post-transplant.

Jill remains in Cleveland, and Bryce and Sophia are enjoying turkey with their extended family.

Today, as you sit around your own Thanksgiving tables, please include Trent, Jill, Sophia and Bryce in your prayers of thankfulness. Then hug your loved ones and take a few extra bites of turkey, stuffing, potatoes and pie for Coach Todd.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Update #67 - Slow and Steady

A quiet day in Cleveland, which is worthy of prayers of thanks. Trent is moving toward recovery, and the doctors continue to watch him carefully, taking every precaution to protect him and to ensure that there are no setbacks. Trent is still getting assistance with breathing as he recovers from surgery, but his new lung is looking great.

To set your minds at ease, please know that updates are often slow to come, but at this point, no news is, in fact, good news. Jill is doing okay, but she is exhausted and only sends information when something has changed and new details need to be communicated. Also, remember that the updates on this blog are coming directly from Jill and are being written using the words that Bryce and Sophia are hearing. For the benefit of the whole Todd family, please avoid speculating and asking questions that cannot be answered. Trent's new lung is in, he is resting, and as slow as it may seem, recovery is happening.

If you haven't already, please read Update #66 and consider donating to help the Todds monetarily so their focus can remain on physical, not financial, recovery. When you click on the Donate button, you will notice that the PayPal is being run through Trent and Jill's church, WellSpring Community Church, but all of the money is in a separate fund and goes directly to the Todds.

Also, if you are looking for something more hands on to do, Bryce's last lacrosse game of the fall is tomorrow (Thursday, November 21st) at 7:30 p.m., and his parents obviously will not be able to be there. If you have a free hour and a loud voice, head to Gametime in Fairfield (530 Quality Boulevard, Fairfield, Ohio 45014) and fill in for Coach Todd by cheering for his son!

Praying for a restful night, for Trent, Jill, Sophia, Bryce and the rest of the extended Todd clan.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Update #66 - How You Can Help

No new updates from Cleveland, but if you are looking for something to do in addition to praying, please read the note below from Trent and Jill's friend Teresa.
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A Time to Count our Blessings
It is the time of year when we all give thanks for our blessings.  I am thankful that 30 years ago at Miami University I met Trent Todd.  Trent was, and still is, the kind of person that makes you feel good.  He listens intently, laughs infectiously, hugs tightly and loves big!  Over the last 30 years we have shared life together:  marriages (mine to Chris and his to Jill), the births of our children (our 3 boys, to which Trent is the Godfather, and beautiful Sophia and Bryce), accomplishments, failures, joy and sadness.  While life has put more miles between us then we would prefer, our families have remained FAMILY.
Sadly, about 7 years ago, Trent developed idiopathic (no known cause) pulmonary fibrosis.  Two and a half years ago, he was blessed with a new set of lungs through a double transplant and he recovered magnificently.  And we all gave thanks!  Then this past spring, he was exposed to a virus that awoke his immune system and began attacking his new lungs.  Trent went back on the transplant list, this time for one lung, and praise God the new lung arrived on the morning of 11/17/13.  
What a blessing, but the journey is not over and Trent and his family must focus on his recovery.  As I have watched Trent, Jill and the kids ride this roller coaster I have often found myself asking “Why Trent?  He is such a good person; a far better person than I.”    And also, “How can we help?”  Unfortunately we may never have the answer to “Why” but I can tell you “How we can help.”  
This family needs our financial support - plain and simple.  The financial burden associated with one transplant, let alone two, is more than any family can bear.  I can assure you that Trent and Jill would never ask for donations.   In fact, I know you all have received the same response from Jill when you’ve asked “What can I do?” or “How can I help?”   Her response is always “Pray.”  And Trent has said from day one, “I'll keep pushing. You keep praying!”  There is no doubt about it, we will continue to pray for Trent, Jill, Sophia and Bryce through the recovery process, but they also need our help financially.  
So I ask, what is a breath worth to you?  Is it worth missing Starbucks in the morning, brown bagging for a week instead of eating out, or not going to a movie this week?  This is my passionate plea to anyone who reads this, whether you know the Todd family or not.  I ask that you do two things:
  1. That you click on the link at the bottom of this post or on the right side of the blog and donate.  Whether it be a single dollar or a week of Starbucks...IT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!


  1. That you share the link to this page on your Facebook, Twitter, email distribution, etc.   We need to make this miracle happen.
I am thankful that God brought Trent, Jill, Sophia and Bryce into my life.  I pray that as you count your blessings, you remember this extraordinary family.
With love and gratitude,
Teresa Carey

Update #65 - Keep Praying!

Trent continues to be monitored in the ICU as he gets accustomed to his new lung. Jill is planning to stay in Cleveland with him as doctors monitor his vitals and progress. Please keep praying!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Update #64 - A Great Sunday

Jill got to see Trent around 6:00 p.m., and he looks great! Covered in a warming blanket and resting peacefully.

If tonight goes smoothly, the doctors are hoping to take out his breathing tube tomorrow and give his new lung a chance to work. For tonight, though, Trent is recovering, Jill is happy, and we can all sleep in peace...after saying one more prayer of thanks.