In 2004 four weeks in the care of Hazelden (which has since merged with Betty Ford) almost certainly saved this recovering alcoholic's life. Since then I've run an annual fundraiser to benefit the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation (which is a 501c3 charity). Thanks to the generosity of my family and friends, last year we raised over $26,000 and over the last 14 years we've raised over $247, 000 to help addicts and alcoholics turn their lives around to be happy, healthy, and productive members of society.
This year I'll again challenge myself to a "Calorie Inferno". Last year I tallied 53,484 steps and 6,598 calories burned. Pledges contingent on performance are welcome and appreciated, as are flat dollar amount pledges and the ridiculous contingency pledges to which some of my friends are inclined. Sadly, alcoholism and addiction don't stop being problems during pandemics. If anything, they're exacerbated by the stress and isolation that accompanies it.