CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A Chesterfield woman who lost her twin brother to an overdose is working to keep his memory alive.
“A Night for Scott” raises awareness and money for those battling addiction. In it’s second year, hundreds attended the event to help their neighbors in need.
“I want to give him a good legacy,” said “A Night for Scott” chair Jill Cichowicz. “I want people to know he was a wonderful person that battled a disease that he couldn’t control.”
Twins Jill and Scott grew up in Chesterfield. Even after Scott moved to California, the two stayed connected.
“We have a close bond,” said Cichowicz. “I never lost the bond with him.”
Scott died two years ago of an accidental Fentanyl overdose.
“So, we started a scholarship fund in his honor to help those struggling from the same addiction problems that he had,” said Cichowicz.
Partnering with the McShin Foundation, “A Night for Scott” was born. The evening includes speakers, silent and live auctions, to help those battling addiction.
“I honestly believe Scott is behind me kind of encouraging me to do this,” said Cichowicz.
By sharing Scott’s story, Jill hopes to help another family avoid the pain of losing a loved one.
“You don’t know those who are truly fighting the battle…the disease of addiction,” said Cichowicz. “They could be your neighbor. They could be your hairdresser. They could be in line at the grocery store. You don’t understand that it’s a disease so many are struggling with. And to help them.”
In 2018, “A Night for Scott” raised $28,000.