Approximately one week before Christmas of 2010, Todd Livziey’s life changed radically when he received from his doctor a diagnosis of Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia.
Todd was born in Danville, PA, and raised in Williamsport , PA. His was a small and very close family consisting of parents who were teachers, Todd and his sister. As a child, he was extremely coordinated and athletic, very bright and funny and generous as he could be. In elementary school, his teachers said he talked a lot but only because he was always helping all the students around him.
He was a fine student and participated in band, choir, wrestling, football, track and he was a peer helper. He spent most of his free time at the YMCA where he played racquetball and worked at body building. He took judo lessons and was an Eagle Scout. He took very good care of himself and was stringent about eating a healthy diet.
After high school, he graduated from Kings College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. On September 10, l987, he graduated from the PA State Police Academy and was promoted to the rank of Trooper. While a cadet at the Academy, he earned the John K. Schafer Memorial Physical Fitness Award. His family was not surprised as they had always referred to him playfully as the “Incredible Hulk.”
In March of 2001 Todd was promoted to the rank of Corporal, and in July of 2009 he was promoted to Sergeant. He was 46 years old and had completed almost 24 years in the state police when he took his family on an autumn vacation to North Carolina in November of 2010. Upon their return home, Todd began feeling unwell and extremely tired, not at all like his usual energetic, active self. At first, he was diagnosed with pneumonia but, after several weeks, it did not improve with treatment. Just before Christmas, Todd had his bone marrow tested, and was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL).
For the past four months, Todd has undergone aggressive chemotherapy at Geisinger Hospitals both in Danville and in Wyoming Valley. The bone marrow registry has not turned up a perfect HLA typing match for a marrow transplant, but Johns Hopkins Hospital has agreed to perform a bone marrow transplant in May of 2011 with a donor who is a very close match.
Todd is married and has three children. When he goes to Maryland where he will remain for several months for the transplanting procedure, his oldest son (22) will remain at home where he can work and take care of the family home. His second son (20) will remain in college at Lock Haven University. His wife Tammy and daughter (15) will need to find housing near Johns Hopkins where Tammy can act as caregiver for Todd as well as continuing to home school their daughter.
The family will incur expenses for gas, housing, groceries, co-pays, etc. in addition to their usual household bills. To help with these increasing expenses, Todd and his family have teamed with The Bone Marrow Foundation to create a special One-to-One Fund to collect donations on Todd’s behalf. As Todd has been so generous and helpful to others all his life, his family hopes that others will now step up to help him as he prepares to undergo his bone marrow transplant. They are grateful for all donations and support.
Or you can send a check, payable to The Bone Marrow Foundation.
Be sure to include Todd’s name on the front of the check.
Send check to:
The Bone Marrow Foundation
515 Madison Avenue, Suite 1130
New York, New York 10022