ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Now “Breaking Bad” fans have another way to honor AMC’s groundbreaking chemistry teacher turned meth cook, Walter White.
An endowment fund has been started to raise money for Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless in conjunction with the funeral for White that will be held Saturday.
The connection between the fictional character to be laid to rest at the funeral and the choice of recipients for the donations is crystal meth.
That was what made White a millionaire in the series, and it’s among the substances that some people who end up needing AHCH’s services have abused, according to Jackamoe Buzzell, who is coordinating the event.
“I saw the obit in the Albuquerque Journal,” he said, referring to an obituary paid for by “Breaking Bad” fan David Layman. “I looked at it and I was like, ‘That’s not enough.'”
He said the goal is to raise $100,000. “This is about celebrating Walter White’s life,” he said. “The good, the bad, and helping this organization,” which in turn helps Albuquerque homeless people, some of them meth addicts, he said.
Mourners of the show’s main character can make contributions of $10, for which they will receive a blue silicone bracelet with White’s name on it. Twenty dollars buys a bracelet and a ticket to the funeral, which will be held at Sunset Memorial Park on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. For $100, donors get entry to the Walter White funeral reception, which will be held at Vernon’s Hidden Valley Steakhouse in the North Valley.
The money raised through this endeavor “will leave a legacy for potential for care. We are thrilled for the dialogue this will create,” said Anita Cordova, a spokeswoman for Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless.