Todd Clements was diagnosed with a very rare progressive lung disease called Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis in 2006. In September of 2007 Todd was put on oxygen at night while he slept. He continued to work as a welder at Trane until June of 2009 when the disease entered into the advanced stages, and was complicated with another disease called Pulmonary Hypertension. This is a lung disease that affects the heart and is caused from the Langerhans. Todd was put on oxygen 24/7 and was no longer able to work. He retired from Trane in April, 2010 on after 15 years of service.
For the past 5 years doctors at Gundersen Lutheran, and Mayo Clinic in Rochester have used oxygen and drug therapy to control both diseases. Currently, Todd takes 13 different prescription drugs daily to help with his breathing and his heart. There is no cure for this disease, and he is now in need of double lung transplant. It is also very likely he will need a new heart.
A benefit is being planed for September 10, 2011 at the American Legion in Onalaska from 2pm-12am. There will be silent auctions, chinese raffles, and live music from Red Sky Warning.
Donations can be sent to:
Seven Bridges Bank
c/o Todd Clements Benefit
N7681 Staphorst Ln
Holmen, WI 54636