In Memory of Zachary Gys
Zachary passed away on July 19, 2013, just a month shy of his 22nd birthday, after fighting a courageous battle with drug use disorder. Zachary was our son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend. Although he suffered from this debilitating and misunderstood chronic brain disease, he filled our hearts with joy and love. Zachary enjoyed hanging out with his family and friends. He was a great athlete with a strong passion for the sport of hockey. It was “on the ice” that Zack truly shined. We will forever miss his mischievous smile, his laughter and his goofy jokes.
Zachary is survived by his mother, Louise Griffin, his father, Michael Gys and stepmother, Susan Doherty, his brother, Nicholas, his sister Taylor and maternal grandmother and godmother, Madeleine Griffin. He is also survived by his many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Zack’s Team Foundation’s Mission
We believe that recovery is possible.
We believe it is our duty to bring attention to this misunderstood and often stigmatized disorder.
It with this intention that we raise funds to provide hope to families and individuals affected by this disease.
We want to help those who are interested and willing to get sober.
Scholarship funds will provide for treatment at The Plymouth House followed by a one month stay at a sober living home as recommended by the Plymouth House.
Scholarship funds will generally be provided to individuals living within the Greater Lowell area including Andover, Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell, Methuen, North Andover, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough, Westford and Wilmington.
Special consideration will be given to family members participating in the Learn to Cope support network.
If you meet the above criteria for Zack’s Team Foundation scholarship, please complete the application below. If you do not meet this criteria and are in need of assistance, you are welcome to apply for a Family Restored Scholarship. Please follow this link to access the Family Restored Scholarship application: https://www.thefamilyrestored.org/our-programs/scholarship-application
The Plymouth House is a retreat dedicated to teaching the life-changing principles and practices of the Twelve Steps while offering a safe and healthy environment for recovery from drug use disorder. The Twelve Steps has helped millions to overcome their disease, remain sober, and enjoy full, productive lives.
Special thanks to The Plymouth House for partnering with Zack’s Team Foundation. These scholarships would not have been possible without their generous support.
Donations are always accepted and gratefully appreciated. Please know that 100% of your donation will be used to provide much needed treatment to individuals suffering from this disease.
Online donations may be made at:
Or checks payable to “Zack’s Team Foundation” may be sent to Taylor Gys, 50 Tower Farm Road, Billerica, MA 01820