"Fear will keep you from asking for help. Asking for help is the most courageous thing you can do"
Traverse City native Anne Grizzel , lost her son, Alex (Top left), to an overdose in October 2017. Heartbroken, and
knowing there was nothing she could do to reverse the
tragedy of losing her son, Anne took action.
Side by side with Tyler Thirlby, one of Alex’s best
friends who also struggles with the disease of addiction,
the Grizzel family is taking their story to the streets in
an effort to better educate the public about the opioid
When Tyler approached Anne about an event to
honor Alex, Grizzel’s Game, the Grizzel’s were on board.
Throughout the planning and execution of the event ,
Anne and her family grew to love Tyler as another son
and appreciate him for fulfilling her late son’s motto to
“have a purpose.” She stood with her family and Tyler on
the ice at Grizzel’s Game on February 10, 2018 in front
of a crowd of more than 1,500 people. The event launched a community-wide discussion on the opioid crisis.
Anne's decision to be the feature of Predator & Prey
was a leap of faith and strong purpose. She originally
agreed to take part as a "behind the scenes" story-teller
and adviser. As the project progressed, Anne became
a regular fixture at East Middle School working closely
with the students. She credits their seriousness and
professionalism with her decision to open up on camera.
Anne's courage brought her daugther Katie on board,
and their stories, along with Tyler's, turned into Predator
Anne, in long-term recovery herself, can be found
going to schools educating teenagers about the dangers
of addiction. She does so with Tyler Thirlby, and, occasionally, her daughter. Like any mother mourning the
loss of a child, she is still dealing with heartbreak, but
using her son’s death as a reason to help others brings
her hope that her community can better support those
struggling with addiction.
(Above) Anne's son, Alex Grizzel
(Above) Anne with Tyler Thirlby