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We are raising funds and awareness for Shatterproof in honor of our brother Zac Gamble, who lost his battle to addiction on September 9th, 2016 at the vibrant age of 23.
A Little About Our Loved One-
Zachary Gamble Winn | Born May 17, 1993
Zac grew up taking family trips to the Outer Banks in NC and Pensacola in FL, where he developed a passion for fishing. Always running around, Zac could be found climbing on everything around the rugby pitch, playing cops and robbers on bikes in Hood College. Zac attended Frederick High School where he fell in love with math. He enjoyed tutoring others, and had quite the gift for it. Zac was obsessed with riding motorcycles, specifically his Kawasaki GSX R500. He spent a year with his brother in Santa Barbara, CA playing rugby & lounging at the beach.
He will be remembered and cherished by all of his friends as a gifted, selfless and thoughtful person who only wanted to care for those around him. He will be enjoying his favorite things in the heaven while protecting and looking after his family and friends, waiting for his loved ones to come join the party.
The Battle with Addiction:
One person dies every 19 minutes in the U.S from Rx drug overdose, 91 people die everyday in the United States from opioid overdose, and those numbers have nearly quadrupled since 1999. Despite the fact that we have treatments we know are pretty effective, only one in five people who currently need treatment for opioid use disorders are actually receiving it. This statistic directly effects ZG's family and friends, and ultimately took our loving and caring brother from us. Addiction effects the family, but it is really the hardest on the actual addict. We could share with you stories of pain, anger, and hopelessness - but it doesn't really highlight the most important part of battling addition - the addict. The overwhelming message we want to share is that we must approach addiction and recovery with the same compassion as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Addiction is not a one man sport, if someone you know and love is suffering - they need support, love and understanding. We want everyone living with addiction daily to know there are tons of people who want to help, love, and support you. We want you to find a support system that can help you through the toughest of times.
"It is not enough to be compassionate, we must act. An open heart is an open mind" - Dalai Lama XIV
The Gamble Legacy:
It is our hope that all will be inspired to take action each and every day. No effort is too small. Support research, recovery, and educate your neighbor. If everyone who reads this takes small action each and every day, we can make a difference in the lives of those we love and stop this national epidemic. Overall, be kind, caring, and compassionate to everyone - you never know the battle someone is waging.