Todd Shea is an American musician whose life was transformed by his experiences on September 11, 2001. In New York for a performance at CBGB nightclub, he saw the twin towers burning, then set to work helping the first responders. In 2005 he volunteered to go to Pakistan to help with disaster relief after the earthquake that killed 80,000 people. It was there that he founded CDRS (Comprehensive Disaster Relief Services), a not-for-profit that has established a hospital in Chikar, a remote village that previously lacked medical services.
Shea also provided disaster relief services in Haiti after its 2010 earthquake, in Sri Lanka after the 2004 tsunami, and in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He is based in Pakistan.
In 2011, Irish America magazine recognized Todd Shea one of the year’s Top 100 Irish Americans.
Shea’s hospital has an annual budget of about $175,000, almost entirely funded through charitable contributions, and he is now in Chicago on an awareness and fundraising tour.
You can meet Todd and enjoy some great music, food, and fellowship on Friday, May 15, at 73 West Monroe Street at 5:30 pm. In the meantime, you can learn more about Todd and his work with CDRS and also enjoy some YouTube videos of Todd performing his music here.