TODD SAND: Born April 9, 1955, Phoenix, AZ

TODD SAND: Born April 9, 1955, Phoenix, AZ

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Todd touched so many of our hearts. He made us feel important and always good about ourselves. Yet because of this disease he could not often feel the love and care his family and friends offered. His depression became so intense that the disease often robbed him of the ability to work or function with his love ones. The illness only provided him with little or no feelings of being loved, isolated, and helpless. This type of depression stole his life and continues to steal other lives like Todd. We must Survive this Depression NOW and to this end our goal for these monies are to increase awareness, education funding, and provide direct services who suffer from depression and bipolar disorders.

Thoreau said “To affect the quality of the day is the highest of the arts”. Todd was a very accomplished in this art; he positively impacted everyone he came in contact with each day. Every brother and sister, niece and nephew, friend, and colleague felt they were his favorite! And they wanted to be his favorite because to be loved by Todd was good! That is the insidiousness of depression that someone so valued could feel so worthless. Depression is the worst thief; it robs you not only of your love of self but of the acceptance of the love of others.


Todd came into this world April 9, 1955 in Phoenix, AZ. He was raised in Marcus, Iowa and attended Ames High School in Ames,IA. He is a graduate of Mankato State University, Makato, MN. After college, he secured employment with North Central Airlines and after several merges with other airlines Delta Airlines became his employer. Some thirty years ago he met his lifelong domestic partner Ralph Tardugno. At the time of death, they lived in Palm Springs, California.

The illness and Heartbreaking Tragedy

Some twenty years ago, Todd started experiencing depression from time to time. This is NOT the type of depression we all experience from time to time. His depression would keep him from being the outgoing, friendly and loving person who was admired by so many. He would lock himself away from all his friends and family and suffer great pain of isolation and loneliness.He would often shake violently and become dis-functional.After many cries for help, treatments, hospitalizations, various and different medications, his illness turn to longer durations and more often. After the most recent hospitalization, Todd returned home and lost his battle with depression in a traffic accident. He was taken from us as a result of this disease on Friday, June 4, 2010.
WE must Survive this Depression Now, and help those who have chronic depression and bipolar disorder before it robs another life. Please help DBSA with a donation so others may avoid a fate like Todd and so many others. Your pledge is deeply appreciated.

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Bonny Setser
Fri, Jun 11, 2010
Our prayers are with Ralph and the family and friends of Todd......what a great man.............I lost my brother to depression 18 years ago...May God Bless and may Todd be rememberd for the great man he was.

Rona Johnston
Fri, Jun 11, 2010
I adored Todd...he was so pleasant to be around and was truly professional and loving. It pains me that he was so troubled in his life with us. I know only he could help himself ultimately, but if we had known, maybe we could have made a difference. Todd, I know you are up there looking down on us and my wish for you is that you found your peace. You were truly loved here on will be missed.

Karey Verding
Fri, Jun 11, 2010
Todd made everybody feel special.He was such a kind man.
Everyone can use this as a reminder to treat each other more kindly and tell one another they are cherished.

Diana Linehan
Fri, Jun 11, 2010
Dear Todd,
It was always my pleasure to be in your company.God Bless you and your Loved Ones.You will be missed.

Becky Phillips
Fri, Jun 11, 2010
A million dollar smile no one will ever forget. I had the pleasure of flying with Todd on his first flight with North Central.He was a true gentlemen and friend to ALL and will be missed.

Gary Haven
Fri, Jun 11, 2010
A most caring person always with a ready smile is how I will always remember Todd. Whether he was on the aircraft, in the SLIC room, or at home in the Desert he always went out of his way to make time to talk and show a genuine interest in what was going on in my life. I got the privilege of seeing Todd just a couple of hours before his passing when we were both at the supermarket at the same time. I'm very grateful for that.
My deepest condolences to Ralph, Dave and Todd's family. A wonderful spirit has left us yet will live on in our hearts and minds.

David Olken
Fri, Jun 11, 2010
Todd was a wonderful man. He was always so very hepful. He will be missed by all. My heart goes out to Raph and Todd's family. May he be at peace.

Nicole De Blois
Thu, Jun 10, 2010
I was so sad to find out about Todd's passing. Todd was a very sweet man. He always had a smile on his face when he would check-in with me at the LAX In-flight office. My heartfelt prayers go out to his family. I feel that he will be another one of our guardian angels looking down at us from heaven! Rest in Peace Todd... we will all miss you so much!

Susan Kay Allen
Thu, Jun 10, 2010
How do I start...Todd was the most professional flight attendant/Purser,I have had the pleasure of flying with.
I enjoyed the time,we spent together on layovers in Asia. He helped me get through a rough time when My sister committed suicide. My sister,suffered from depression,and bipolar disease.
He will be missed!! I look at this picture,with his smile...and I can't imagine,not seeing him,walking down the hallways of the Radisson in NRT.
I will never forget him....

Kolleen Kim
Thu, Jun 10, 2010
My heart felt sympathies to Ralph and Todd's family. Todd was so loved by many of us. I am relieved that he is at peace now. He had a kind soul who touched everyone he met. It was my pleasure and honor to have known him. He will be greatly missed!

Thu, Jun 10, 2010
todd, you are one of the kindest, gentlest, caring souls that i have ever met. you were always a joy to be around and i say that with the utmost sincerity. my thoughts and prayers go out to his family at their tragic loss.

Donna Harrison
Thu, Jun 10, 2010
To Ralph and Todd's family, There are simply no words to describe a person like Todd. Whenever was going to Nrt and he was our purser, I was so happy.This photo of him is so beautiful and fitting. I just loved him and his dry wit. I was working the flight when Ralph, Todd and another friend were coming back from being stuck in Thailand when the airport closed. He had to get completely re-routed to get out of there and I was so happy we could take everyone home and they all got to sit upstairs in Business Class. Todd was sooo happy and relieved to be going home. I have to say I never knew Todd had any issues with depression but it does run in my family and I understand it somewhat. Todd was always so kind, gracious,professionalat work. I have to say he was one of the best flight attendants and pursers I knew. The work involved being a purser is much more difficult than the average person knows. Please take pride in knowing that he will live in our hearts forever and he made his mark in so many lives. I love you, Todd. You truly are an angel now. Love, Donna

dana rocheford
Thu, Jun 10, 2010
I will always see your smile and hear your willingness to help.

lynn miller-wuatelet
Thu, Jun 10, 2010
i have known and loved todd sand since i started flying 27 years ago. i am so saddened to know he was in such pain. to me he was a ray of sunshine every time i saw him. always asking me how i was and how things were in my life. always remembering something i had shared with him previously. i only wish i could tell him now, how much he meant to me. he was one of a kind and i feel lucky to have had him in my life, what now seems way too brief of a time. to ralph and to todd's family my heart goes out to you and my prayers are with you, and with todd, at this time........

Jeri Amundson
Thu, Jun 10, 2010
I worked in SLIC Central and worked with Todd for many years. He was a delight and put a smile on my face when I talked with him each month. I couldn't be more sorry to hear he was ever in such pain.
I remember him so fondly!!!! Todd, you made me happy. I will never forget.

Suzanne Balzer
Thu, Jun 10, 2010
Todd was very special to me and I will miss him every day. Please know my thoughts are with you Ralph and all of Todd's family.

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