Meet Our Founder: Jill Zebrowski Cichowicz
In February 2017, Jill Zebrowski Cichowicz’s twin brother died from an accidental drug overdose. To help manage her grief, and as a way to bring something positive out of her family’s devastation, Jill created the Scott Zebrowski Scholarship Fund in partnership with the The McShin Foundation, a Richmond based addiction treatment center. Her first fundraiser, “A Night for Scott,” raised more than $28K for the fund and significantly contributed to raising awareness about the effects of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) on individuals and families and helped program participants with their recovery journey. Jill’s commitment and dedication to educating and eliminating the stigma about SUD has helped raise more than $75,000 since that first successful fundraiser. On June 24th, 2019 the McShin Foundation dedicated one of their men's program houses in memory of Scott Zebrowski in recognition of the amazing work his family has done for the recovery community.
In both 2019 and 2020 “A Night for Scott” has been voted The Best Charity Event in Richmond and raised awareness and thousands of dollars. Jill has continued her advocacy by speaking nationally about addiction and its impact on individuals, families and communities and starting 2 End the Stigma as a way to further her outreach into the community.
Meet Our Purpose: Scott Zebrowski
Scott lived life full out with a “family first” attitude. He was handsome, popular and the life of the party. He was a giver and a doer and helped everyone who crossed his path, always seeking to make life better for others. He was straightforward, honest, and his twin sister’s biggest fan and protector.
And yet, he struggled with addiction. For years. Until an accidental overdose of what he thought was Oxycontin in the parking lot of a Starbucks ended his fight. Well aware that life is fragile and that you “could lose everything at the flip of a coin,” Scott told his family that they should not be afraid to tell people about his addiction struggles in the hope and belief that others might benefit from his downfall. And that is exactly what they are doing through the work of 2 End the Stigma.
2 End the Stigma alleviates barriers to getting help for addiction.
2 End the Stigma will work tirelessly to educate about addiction recovery and connect individuals and families to resources and community programming that will help them overcome the barriers to receiving help.
At 2 End the Stigma, we believe:
Addiction is a disease.
Addiction impacts the entire family.
The stigma of addiction is a barrier to getting help.
It takes bravery and vulnerability to seek help.
Help is available for individuals and families.
Our Guiding Principles