My 11-year-old daughter, Kira, was born with an extremely rare duplication on the short arm of chromosome 16, tethered cord syndrome and autism. She is severely delayed across the board with an extremely short attention span and aggressive behavior outbursts. After being on anti-psychotic medication for several years she began involuntary movements of her mouth, which may have become permanent due to the medication.
I am a 39-year-old U.S. Army Veteran and father of four children. I joined the Army following a family tradition of military service. After getting out of the Army my family and I moved from Alaska, which was my last duty station, to Myrtle Beach. My youngest daughter Harmony Newsom was born in Myrtle Beach. Unfortunately, she was born with a very rare genetic condition called Lissencephaly.
Chelsea Cook Hurst
My father passed away in 2012 after living with prostate cancer for nearly 5 years. I am now his voice, and I am advocating for medicinal marijuana after seeing how much it helped him in his last year. I vividly remember watching my father cry one day because he felt like he was sinning in Gods eyes for possessing marijuana.
Hello, my name is Brant Reese. I am a husband, father, son, grandfather, and brother. My story is one of extreme pain and suffering. From 2006 until 2009 I dedicated my life as a Deputy with The Darlington County Sheriff’s Office. I witnessed firsthand the effects that prescription pain killers have on those addicted to them and the effects that Cannabis had on those who used it. The effects of the prescription painkillers were far greater than that of the people using Cannabis. I understand that an officer in uniform cannot support Cannabis on any level but as human beings with hearts and souls almost every one of my former officers would support it to help their sick family, friends, and neighbors.
Halle is six years old and has benefited tremendously from hemp-based cannabis, but as she grows and gets bigger we know that to keep her seizures at bay she will need the stronger forms of cannabis from MMJ. Using cannabis, Halle has gone from 1-2 big seizures per week to 1-2 per month and sometimes less. She’s been able to come down 30% on a traditional seizure med that harms her vision. Since starting to take hemp-based cannabis, Halle has been awake more, done better in therapy and had more life in her eyes! Her mom and dad are huge advocates for her and cannabis.
I work at Furman University as does her father and she has two brothers – one older, one younger.
In 2013 I was finishing my freshman year at the University of SC and preparing to leave for a Chinese International Business program. Two weeks before my 19th birthday, I was hospitalized for a seizure and underwent a surgery that resulted in a diagnoses of incurable stage 4 brain cancer, the same cancer Senator Kennedy died from in 2013. I was blessed enough to have access to Boston Mass General hospital, where I underwent a second surgery and cancer treatment. I turn 23 this April and my birthday will mark my fourth year as a cancer survivor. When diagnosed, I refused to take a death sentence; I began to learn all I could that would allow me to live a longer and more fulfilling life. I have done all in my power to learn and apply practices, such as diet, to control my cancer and prevent seizures.
My name is Mandy Keefer. My husband and I have four children. Our fourth child, Raelyn, was born in 2013 with an extremely rare genetic condition that has caused many different medical diagnoses’ including intractable epilepsy. She began having infantile spasms at 2 months old and her condition progressed to the point of her neurologist telling us, after trying many anti-epileptic drugs, that there was nothing more that he could do for us. He was ready to refer us to Duke. She seized daily and was having tonic clonic seizures in which she often stopped breathing.
My name is Denise Mathis, I am advocating for my 16-year-old daughter Taylor.
She was diagnosed at 3 years old with Rett Syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes developmental and nervous system problems, mostly in girls. She was also diagnosed with Epilepsy at 6 years old as a result of Rett Syndrome. I believe that treatment with MMJ will help her be seizure free and have a better quality of life. My child and others like her deserve the rights to this alternative treatment.
I was diagnosed in October 2014 with stage IV, Triple Positive, Invasive Ductal Carcinoma at the young age of 46. I have been battling this very aggressive breast cancer disease with some form of chemo and/or immunotherapy nonstop every three weeks with two significant recurrences less than one year apart. Chemo treatments will continue for the rest of my life and they will only increase in intensity as each one falls away and is no longer effective.