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Despite being viewed by the media as the most at-risk, Todd Bridges is proud to call himself a survivor, outliving his "Diff'rent Strokes" cast mates. Key to his survival has been accepting responsibility for mistakes he's made. He realizes it was his choice to cave into peer pressure to experiment with drugs in his teens and twenties. Todd reached a turning point towards sobriety in 1983 when his mom refused to bail him out of jail. He relied on faith to guide him down a sober path. Now dad to two children, Todd speaks about modeling his fathering style off his close bond with TV dad Conrad Bain. His paternal co-star served as a true father figure in real life and it was difficult for Todd to cope with his recent passing.
Watch Todd Bridges recall his relationship with Gary Coleman>>
To read more about Todd's story of survival, get a copy of his book "Killing Willis," available at amazon.com
Discover more about Todd's foundation at http://www.toddbridgesyouthfoundation.org/
Chef Alex Hitz shares a country recipe from the deep South. His family recipe for coconut cake calls for six layers of moist deliciousness. Alex insists that homemade icing is a must and jokingly scolds anyone who buys store bought icing. His two maternal influences growing up piqued his interest in cooking from an early age. Marie can attest that this coconut cake is well-worth the calorie splurge!
Check out Alex's recipe for Dorothy's Coconut Cake >>
For more with "My Beverly Hills Kitchen" author Alex Hitz, check out mybeverlyhillskitchen.com
Susan Rizzo Vincent
Susan Rizzo Vincent's daughter Andréa Rizzo valiantly overcame neuroblastoma, a fatal form of childhood cancer. Her love of dance as a form of expression helped her battle the disease. After surgery and chemo proved to be successful, Dréa went on to lead a fulfilling life. She was pursuing a graduate degree at NYU in dance therapy when tragedy struck: she was killed by a drunk driver. Grief-stricken, Susan established The Andréa Rizzo Foundation for her daughter's legacy to be remembered. Since its launch 10 years ago at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City, where Dréa had been treated, the dance therapy program has expanded to 20 sites, clocking 1,000 hours a year and reaching 1,300 kids/year. "Dancing With the Stars" judge Carrie Ann Inaba serves as a national spokesperson for the organization.
Learn more about Dréa and Susan's backstory>>
To organize a Dance Across America fundraising event in your hometown, visit dreasdream.org