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Todd Bergeson

Love of the Game

Post-Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation and Supported Community Living programs

Post-Acute Admission: July 2000

Post-Acute Discharge: February 2001

Todd Bergeson loved playing sports as a child. That passion continued through high school where he played football, baseball and track. He loved golfing with his friends and even played a round on the day of his car accident - June 7, 2000 - that caused a traumatic brain injury. After spending time in the hospital, he transferred to On With Life, unable to walk
or talk. 

"I was determined he was going to walk and live independently, and I'm overjoyed that he does both now," said Veda Bergeson, Todd's mother. "We are so thankful for On With Life and the staff and to see his progression."

Todd was one of the first individuals to move into the Apartments at Owl Creek, independent living apartments on On With Life's Ankeny campus for brain injury survivors. He also receives Supported Community Living services who help Todd work on community integration skills through attending local sporting events, like the Iowa Wild hockey games, Iowa Energy basketball games, Iowa Barnstormers football games, and most important to Todd, the Iowa Cubs baseball games.

"Each year for Christmas, we get Todd a season ticket package to the Iowa Cubs," said Veda. "He goes to every game - even the cold ones. He enjoys it so much, and we love seeing his old personality back." 

Last year, the Iowa Cubs recognized Todd as their 2015 Fan of the Year. As a thank you for his dedication, he received a season pass for the 2016 season and a plaque that proudly hangs in his apartment. 

"I was really excited and surprised," said  Todd. "I love going to the games, and it meant a lot to me to be recognized by them as one of their biggest fans."