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Almost everyone knows someone who is struggling with chemical dependency. Drug and alcohol addiction ravishes families, it destroys lives...and despite all we know about how dangerous and damaging it is...the problem continues to grow.
My story isn't any different, depending on the perspective it may be better than some or worse than others. What I am sure of is that my addiction hurt those once close to me, family, siblings, friends, goddaughter, and my beautiful daughter. See, my addiction started as a teenager in a small town, thought it was cool going to parties whenever possible. I was wrong but didn't learn that for decades, what I did learn is how to hide the abuse and how to hurt those around me. The disease was inside me, growing and eating at me. I wonder if I thought going to college would help turn things around? I was provided the opportunity to play the sport I loved most, football, the one thing I was good at besides being an addict. To my friends and teammates, I say I am sorry, what more could I have given you if not for my addiction and selfishness? As I fast forward, I pause to think about how I survived all the abuse and poison I put into my body, how did I? Fortunately, I had a few special friends that reminded me of someone so precious that I would do anything for, my daughter Denielle. I was reminded that if I didn't get the help I may not live long enough to see her graduate high school, fall in love, have a child, and get married. To those who helped me through the early years of sobriety, thank you! To those who continue as part of my support group, thank you. To God, thank you for challenging me in ways I would never have imagined, thank you for being there to pick me up when I hit rock bottom, thank you for giving me the strength to get up every day and be able to continue to live One Day @ A Time. Because of all of you I got to see my daughter, Denielle, graduate, have a beautiful daughter, my granddaughter Quinn, and this winter I will get to walk her down the aisle and give her hand to a wonderful young man, Stephen. I am an addict, but for the last 10 years and counting, I have remained clean and sober. I have a beautiful wife, Dawn, and family, and my son Ryan is my hero, he inspires me in so many ways. Finally, thank you Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge for being there for those who need you most! One day at a time, one life at a time, you make a difference. Thank you
The MN Fishing Challenge is a fishing tournament to help benefit Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge. For almost 30 years, Mn Adult and Teen Challenge (MnTC) has been restoring hope to people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. With campuses in Minneapolis, Brainerd, Duluth, Rochester, and Buffalo MnTC serves individuals through their licensed shorter-term and faith-based long-term programs. The mission is to assist teens (boys & girls) and adults (men & women) in gaining freedom from chemical addiction and other life-controlling problems by addressing their physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
Please consider partnering with me to raise funds for this great cause. Every dollar donated goes straight to Mn Adult and Teen Challenge and is 100 percent tax-deductible. To make a donation online to our team, click on the DONATE NOW button. You can also donate with checks written to Mn Adult & Teen Challenge. Send these checks to me and I will get them to Teen Challenge.
Whatever you can give will help - it all adds up!
You can learn more about what MnTC is doing to save lives by visiting their website: mntc.org