Why Todd: Todd walked into CFFP in June of 2011 and has been a huge part of our community since that day. We still think he was just looking for his house and missed the turn for his driveway by a half mile, but he stayed, so who are we to judge? Todd will often stop by the gym to cheer on other classes. He’s got a big heart behind all those muscles, and whenever anyone needs anything in the community Todd is often the guy to step up and pitch in. We love you Todd!
Day Job: I’m the Director of Critical Escalation program for Salesforce.com (Translation, I work with unhappy customers until they are happy again. Yes, lots of calls with people yelling at me.)
Hobbies & Other Activities: You mean when I’m not at CFFP working out or just hanging out watching others workout? Spending time with Erica, Cole and Annie (this involves lots of time watching Cole & Annie swim at Latitudes), doing projects around the house (this involves a fair amount of patience and swearing). Snowboarding/skiing with friends and family – in particular the “LuckyHoboBrunickSens”
Proudest Life Achievement: My family. In particular, marrying well and having two awesome kids.
Previous Fitness: Division 1 hockey, I was a high school and college meathead (typical old school Gold’s Gym workouts: chest, back, bis, tris and shoulders…f*** leg day). Martial arts, some distance/marathon running, including a couple of Bostons. I’ve always preferred playing sports to watching them.
Why CFFP? Because it is down the street from my house. I drove by, saw the sign and said, “What the hell is CrossFit?” So I Googled it and read “potentially dangerous workout that makes people puke” – “AWESOME” – I thought! The rest is history.
First Memorable WOD: Nancy – overhead squats and runs. I was in the back of the class, and finished my first set of overhead squats and couldn’t remember if I was supposed to drop the bar behind me or in front of me. Instead, I dropped it on my head. I spent the whole rest of the workout hoping nobody saw it and worried I would be thrown out for being too stupid to do CrossFit.
Favorite CrossFit Movement: Clean and jerk…I pick things up and put them down. Heavy is my happy place.
What Motivates Him: It used to be getting better, faster, stronger. But today my motivation is staying healthy. Here’s where that Leukemia thing comes in …
I was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) last November after routine blood tests showed high white cell counts. After 6 months of sleepless nights and countless vials of blood drawn, our team of experts at Dana Farber has given me an optimistic prognosis. Since CLL is a “watch and wait” cancer, it could be several years before I require serious medical intervention, and all genetic markers indicate I should respond well to currently available treatment options.
To my CFFP family members who are just hearing this now, my sincere apologies; my goal has always been to let you know in person. Honestly, it is hard to wrap my head around the fact that I have cancer. I don’t feel sick, I don’t look sick and I’m not actively treating the CLL. But it is always something that is in the back of my mind.
THIS DIAGNOSIS WAS A LIFE DEFINING MOMENT, BUT I REFUSE TO LET CLL DEFINE MY LIFE
I’m now dedicated to helping fund research and support for fellow patients. On October 19, Erica, Cole, Annie and I will be joining the Light the Night Walk on Boston Common to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma’s efforts to fund research, treatment and support for blood cancer patients and their families.
As blood cancer has touched so many of our lives, I’d like to ask each of you to join us in this fight. Please follow this link to read more about our journey and make a donation as we join the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in bringing light to the darkness of cancer:
Thank you to everyone who has been kind enough to donate to this very important cause! The outpouring of support from our little CFFP community makes me proud every day to be part of it.
Biggest Goal: To stay healthy for many many years. (see above)
Biggest Challenge: Figuring out where in the hell I put my double-unders. I have a whole bag of jump ropes and I could’ve sworn they were in there somewhere… If I buy enough ropes, I’ll have them right? After 6 years, it can’t be me, must be the rope.
Biggest Improvement: Pacing, and understanding my limits – I’m learning when to push it (heavy stuff) and when to hold back (running). Hey, I’m creeping up on 50, and need to pace myself for the next 50 years.
Advice for New Members: Continue to develop what you are good at while also working on your weaknesses. This is about making yourself feel better rather than showing others how good you are at something.
Who is Your Superhero? Erica.
Fun Fact: Believe or not, I’m walking on air… I won a video game contest when I was 14 and the Grand Prize was a trip to L.A. and guest spot on the TV show ‘Greatest American Hero’. (P.S. Connie Sellecca is even hotter in person.)