Doug Johnson, an investment advisor in Indian Wells, California, who serves as trustee emeritus of the Susan E. Riley Family Foundation, recalls the spirited and courageous woman who established the Foundation. Susan E. Riley had a special place in her heart for those who, like her, suffered from the disease of addiction. She was able to find long-term recovery, and she wanted others to know the same healing and hope she experienced. When Susan was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, she asked Doug to work with her to establish a foundation that would support the two causes most dear to her: Finding a cure for pancreatic cancer and providing addiction treatment and education. Since 2005, the Susan E. Riley Family Foundation has been instrumental in supporting the Summer Institute for Medical Students program at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Over the years, the organization's philanthropic gifts have covered all expenses for scores of medical students selected to participate in the weeklong program, including materials, flights, hotel, meals and, of course, the once-in-a-lifetime insider's view into the world of addiction treatment and recovery. Each year, Doug tries to attend the "graduation" event held at the close of one of the weeklong Summer Institute for Medical Students sessions, where participants share their gratitude for the life-changing learning opportunity and their commitment to addressing the pervasive disease of addiction. He knows Susan E. Riley would take great comfort in the fact that each participant, as a future physician, has the potential to bring healing and hope to thousands of individuals and families impacted by addiction. In addition to funding addiction education programs, the Susan E. Riley Family Foundation has generously funded research, treatment, and recovery initiatives across the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Joining Doug Johnson as trustees of the Susan E. Riley Family Foundation are attorneys Harry Hathaway and Robert "Buck" Newell. Accountant Louis Hamel serves as the Foundation's financial administrator. Together, we will overcome addiction. Medical and Professional Education programs—made possible through the generosity of donors—equip hundreds of students and professionals every year with the tools, knowledge, and insight to effectively address the disease of addiction. It's only because of your commitment and support that we can offer these life-changing lessons in lifesaving care. We invite you to learn more about how the power of your giving helps to advance addiction education and awareness. Please call 1-888-535-9485, email us at Giving@HazeldenBettyFord.org, or learn more by reading our Medical and Professional Education Annual Report.