Donate to alcohol and drug rehabilitation
My trip down the Mississippi with Dave Randolph will also serve as a fundraiser for alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs.
This fundraiser is in memory of Colin Crumm, who struggled with alcohol addiction most of his adult life. He was a good friend until the bottle got the better of him many years ago. He passed away in August 2015 from cancer. In the last few years of his life, he achieved sobriety with the help of the folks at the Hope Center in Lexington, Kentucky. Eventually, Colin became a substance abuse counselor himself and working with the Hope Center was able to help others regain control of their lives.
Donors can pledge any amount they desire per mile that we paddle down the river. Keeping in mind that the river is about 2,350 miles long, a pledge of just of just one penny per mile would translate to $23.50 total, assuming of course we make it the entire way. A two-cent per mile pledge would translate to $47. A dime per mile would result in a total obligation of $235.
To pledge on a per mile basis, enter your pledge in the comments section below. Once we’ve completed our miles, you’ll submit directly to these organizations so your contributions will be deductible on your taxes.
Of course, if you would rather just donate a flat amount, you can do that as well.
The fundraising will benefit:
What we were told was that he had a special talent as a substance abuse counselor of being able to talk to hardcore, live-in-the-woods alcoholics, because he had lived that life himself for so many years. He was credited with bringing a dozen or so men in from the woods to rehabilitation to get their lives restarted.
I consider him an unlikely hero.