Thursday, November 4, 2010

Yougurtland Update!

When the owner of Yogurtland (Irvine Marketplace) heard the devastating news about Todd, she offered to continue the fundraiser to help Kelly and Garrett indefinitely. Print out as many copies as you want of the flyer below and turn one in with your receipt whenever you go. There is a special container for them on the counter. Please forward this to your family and friends-it would be so nice to be able to send Kelly a check each month as a continued reminder about how much Todd was loved in our community-
Thank you for your support!
Marcia Arkin

Monday, October 25, 2010

Todd's Obituary


Todd Kim Larsen was born August 28, 1966, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Kim and Geri Larsen. He passed away at City of Hope Hospital in Duarte, California, on Oct. 16, 2010. Todd was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on September 18, 2009, and died from complications following a bone marrow transplant. Todd spent his first seven years in Utah, Idaho, Washington and Oregon because of business opportunities being offered to his father. The traveling finally came to an end in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The first glimpse of what would soon become a long list of talents appeared when Todd was 8 years old. He ran for the Duke City Dashers which was, at the time, the #1 youth track team in the nation. He continued participating in numerous types of athletics throughout his schooling, but his true talent was in Track and Field. During his senior year at Alta High School in Sandy, Utah, he set the state quarter mile record, which remained unchallenged for a number of years. This accomplishment earned him a full ride scholarship to Brigham Young University. During that same year, Todd participated in the National High School Decathalon Championships, where he took 2nd place. The fascinating story that comes out of that decathalon competition occurred during several hours between the two-day event. The young man who placed 1st took lessons from Todd in improving his height in the pole vault. The consequence was—Todd came in 2nd place. Always a teacher and definitely a great sport! As a boy, Todd was very active in scouting, obtaining his “Arrow of Light” award in Cub Scouting and then his “Eagle” award in Boy Scouting at the young age of 13.

Todd was voted “The Most Talented” by his high school senior class. He possessed profound musical abilities and was active in many musical groups and school choirs. Additionally, from his early teen years until 2005, Todd was a member of several performing rock bands. Shortly after college Todd moved with his family to Mesa, Arizona, where he enjoyed working as the assistant track and field coach at Mesa Community College. During this same period, he coached the Alta Mesa Marlins, a youth swim team. A few years later he coached the Val Vista Gators, a swim team in Chandler,

Arizona. Also during his years in Arizona, Todd organized, arranged music for and performed in a 7 man a cappella vocal group called “Reliance.” He had a love for musical theatre, starring two different years in “Westside Story” and, in “Anything Goes” while in college. Todd then moved to Southern California where he performed for a year as a singer in Disneyland's “The Hunchback Of Notre Dame.” He then had the opportunity to portray many characters at Tokyo Disneyland, including Prince Charming and Bert from Mary Poppins. After his return from Japan, he coached swimming for the club team, Novaquatics. He also coached for the Irvine Swim League, first for the Heritage Park Seals and then, for the past seven years, the Northpark Riptide. In 2007, he was the recipient of the Irvine Swim League Coach of the Year award. Todd applied his vast musical talent to teaching Orange County youth when he began offering private music lessons in 2002. Purely by word of mouth, what started as a small hobby quickly turned into a growing business. Todd created a private music school, the Irvine Music Academy, where he offered private lessons in guitar, bass, drums, piano and vocals. His focus was not only on fostering talent in young musicians but also on teaching them about the music business. Through auditions, he created multiple skill-based youth bands. In their respective bands, the students were taught responsibility and time management as well as collaboration and communication skills. Whether coaching, swimming, or teaching music, Todd loved working with “his kids.” Todd and his wife, Kelly, were married in Phoenix, Arizona, on April 22, 2006. They were blessed with many beautiful years together and thousands of priceless memories. He is survived by his wife, Kelly, his 22-month-old son, Garrett, his canine companion, Molly, his parents, Kim and Geri Larsen, his brother, Tyler Larsen, and his sisters, Tiffany (Joseph) Hale and Tina (Ryan) Pini. Todd will be missed by everyone who knew him and loved him.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Todd's Funeral Proceedings

Todd's funeral proceedings will take place on October 28th at Mariners Church, 10:00am.

5001 Newport Coast Drive, Irvine, CA 92603

You were all so special to Todd. We hope to see you there as we celebrate his life.


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Memory Books

We are doing 2 memory books for Garrett.

1. If you have any memories or stories about Todd we would love for you to share them with us. Email them to This is something we will be compiling over the next month.

2. Lisa McMains is putting together a book of letters from our children to Garrett - please have your kids write a letter to Garrett about the impact Todd has had on their lives - so that Garrett will know how his father shaped, molded and influenced our children's lives in such a loving and positive way. Please have the letters handwritten by the kids, and include any notes/photos or anything else you want to include and drop them off on Lisa's front porch
81 Dovecrest, Irvine - no later than Monday evening, October 25th - call Lisa at 714-290-8480 with any questions.
Thank you!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

OC Register and Articles

The OC Register ran a nice article on Todd today...

Bill King wrote a beautiful article on Todd also...

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Our Sweet Todd

Our sweet Todd passed away early this morning. We can't begin to express our sorrow. He fought so hard right up to the end. We can find solace in knowing that he is free of pain and tubes now. He must be so glad for that. We will post announcements for the funeral procedings here.

We love you Todd and are so proud of your bright life and valliant fight!

Until we meet again...


Friday, October 15, 2010

Todd's status

Todd is in the ICU. He has multiple infections is being put on dialysis and a ventilator. Please pray for him!!!!! Heavenly Father hears our prayers and I know if it is His will that Todd pulls through this, he will. I believe in miracles.


Friday, October 1, 2010

Hello Friends and Family,

It has been so long since I posted a message on the blog and I am very sorry for that. As Tiffany said, Todd is still at City of Hope. Since our last discharge and subsequent readmission, there have been numerous occasions that we were close to being discharged. But then some virus/fungus/bacteria would wreak havoc on Todd's fragile body and we would need to stay. Going into the BMT process we knew that this would be a very difficult journey with a lot of ups and downs, but we could not have begun to imagine the challenges that would come our way. However, with all the bad that this treatment throws at us there is always good. We are cancer free!! and Todd's blood components are almost completely the donors (which means BMT success and better chances for long term remission). And I guess, in the big picture, that is really all that matters :)

As of today, Todd is doing well. He is eating and working hard to regain his strength. Although, he still has good days and bad days, everyday I see a little more of Todd's feisty personalty peek through. He misses all of our friends and especially his "kids." Thank you everyone for your thoughts, prayers and support!


Thursday, September 30, 2010

Todd's status

Hello friends and family! I wanted to give you a quick update on Todd. He is EATING!!!!! We are so happy. His appetite has returned and he is gaining some weight back. He is still at City of Hope. It's amazing to me that we expected him to be home last April or May and he is STILL there. Every time he gets close to getting out of there something pops up or goes wrong. Poor guy. He is on an emotional roller coaster ride. They have him doing physical therapy daily. He can't go very far without needing a walker or wheelchair. This process is so slow. He needs to be more self-sufficient before they will release him. They are also still reducing some meds before that time. He will be going to a rehabilitation center when he is released. This will be great. He will be able to regain strength through rigorous physical therapy. We don't know how long he will be there. We have learned not to plan on anything when it comes to Leukemia!

After the results of a recent bone marrow sample, Todd is in full remission! We are so happy!
Yea for Todd's body!!! This is such a blessing! He loves hearing from you and seeing you. Thank you so much for your love and prayers. He has really needed those prayers this year! Speaking of that, it has been a year since his diagnosis. Can you believe it? So much has taken place since then and we are all changed because of it. Thank you for being with us on this journey. We love you!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Cherry on Top

Loretta Duberow has put together a great way to support Todd. Just print out the flyer below and take it in to Cherry on Top for some yummy yogurt. They will donate 20% of your purchase to Todd and his family! Thank you Loretta, and thank you Cherry on Top!!


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Todd will be honored at the Leaders of Integrity Awards Luncheon!


I am excited to share with you that our friend Todd Larsen is being honored
at the Leaders of Integrity Awards Luncheon being held at the Radisson
Hotel in Newport Beach on October 13th. This is sure to be a great event
celebrating Todd and three other members of our community that are great
examples of ethical leadership. I hope you will be able to purchase a seat,
a table or help in the sponsorship of the event. Todd is thrilled to
honored in this way and plans to be in attendance with his wife Kelly.

You can secure your reservation or make a pledge by clicking the link
below. I hope to see you there.

Please forward this to any other friends and family that may want to join
us and support Todd at this event.


Bill Sanderson

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Update on Todd

I wanted to update you on Todd.
Todd is back in the hospital. He was out for one day. Poor guy! He spent a week in ICU again, but is in a regular room now. He is trying to get over Pneumonia now among a few other things. He has got to gain weight and build up some strength before he can go home. We do hope he will be well enough soon. When he is released he will be living in Pasadena for a while. I was just out to visit him with my sister this last week. It was sooooo good to be with him. It is amazing what he has endured! He has a very long road of recovery ahead. He loves hearing from you. Thanks for your love and support. Check out the post below for a yummy way to support Todd!

Tiffany, Todd, Livia and TJ
Here is Todd with TJ's baby, Livia!


Darling Mallory Arkin has set up a yummy way to support Todd...this is how the fundraiser will work- starting this Wednesday, you can go to Yogurtland (the Jamboree Rd Irvine Marketplace location) with the attached flyer and make a purchase, the cashier will write Todd's name on the back of the receipt and 15% of each purchase will then be donated to Todd. Yogurtland will make a check out to Todd monthly and give it to Mallory.

Thank you Mallory, and thank you Yogurtland!

Just print out the flyer above and take it with you. You may print as many as you like!


Saturday, June 5, 2010

Todd's Recovery

Hello again,

I want to let you know how Todd is doing. He has had some good days, which is so GOOD to see. He has felt well enough to answer his phone! woo hoo! He still has a virus he is fighting off and he is trying to be interested in eating. If these two things fall into place they will be able to release him. They are both slow going, so we do not anticipate him going anywhere just yet, but we are all hopeful that it will be sooner than later. He would LOVE some (healthy please) visitors. You can call ahead of time and make sure he is ok for company. The number at City of Hope is 626-356-4673. The address is 1500 E. Duarte Rd. Duarte CA, 91010.
Todd is going through a lot of blood right now, so if you can donate it would be so much appreciated. Call the number above for details.
He would love to see you or hear from you! Thank you for the continued prayers and support!


Here are some photos of Todd and Garrett on Memorial Day...

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Photos from the Todd Rocks Benefit Concert!

If you would like to purchase any photos from the Todd Rocks Benefit Concert the proceeds will go to Todd and his family! (Thank you Anthony!!!) You can view them at

The photographer asks that you use them only for personal and not comercial use. Thanks!