Saeger Community Warms Hearts and Bodies with Chili Fundraiser for Recovering Teacher Todd Bizzell

Posted on 11/02/2017
Saeger Community Warms Hearts and Bodies with Chili Fundraiser for Recovering Teacher Todd Bizzell

Todd Bizzell teaches industrial technology classes at Saeger Middle School, serves as an advisor for the school’s robotics teams, and is also an assistant football coach at Francis Howell Central, and all can be a challenge. But Bizzell is facing a far more daunting task now, as he fights through Stage 4 kidney cancer. However, just as he doesn’t flinch at teaching difficult subjects and concepts, Bizzell is taking his latest battle in stride. The man just knows how to fight adversity, and he doesn’t stand alone. Last week, the Saeger Middle School community rallied behind one of its favorite teachers, collecting donations to help him pay his medical fees.

Dr. Kandy Worley, Seager principal, knows what Bizzell means to the staff and students, but the chili fundraiser they held in his honor really displayed just how much he is appreciated. “What a great turn out Thursday night!” she said. “We have such a wonderful Saeger family and community. Community members, District personnel, former students, and retired staff were here meeting, greeting, hugging, and supporting. Todd was overwhelmed with the outpouring of our community's generosity.”

Workers at the Chili Dinner smile for a quick photo op.Bizzell has battled throughout his life, having been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease at the age of 11. But he continues to keep his positive, unselfish attitude, courageously working through the pain to keep serving our students.

Several hundred people showed up to eat chili and support Bizzell, including purchasing orange bracelets for the cause. KMOV-TV, News Channel 4, was on-hand to witness the heartwarming scene. This video produced by KMOV shows the positive atmosphere at the event, the generosity of the attendees, and a taste of why Bizzell is so cherished by students and colleagues. You can see more by visiting the Twitter page, #TeamBizzell.

“Thank you to all who helped,” Dr. Worley said, “supported, served, and attended such a fantastic event for Todd. For those who could not attend or those who still wish to do something, we are collecting shoes through November 30th, and we still have the orange wrist bands for $2 each.”

New or gently used pairs of shoes may be brought to Saeger for this cause, there is a drop-off box in the front of school. Funds2orgs will collect the shoes on Nov 30, and will pay Saeger for all shoes collected. The bracelets will be sold and general donations will be accepted at the main office.

Bizzell finished up his latest round of radiation treatments in late October, and now he plans to return to his daily challenge of giving his all to the students and athletes at FHSD schools.

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