Ga. family takes "Journey of Hope" to Colo. | News
Sheryl Sumlin was among the group of disappointed parents in Atlanta on the last day of the Georgia General Assembly when HB 885, a bill that would have allowed a form of medical cannabis for kids with seizures failed.
Sumlin says she'd tried everything to help her 11-year-old daughter, Trinity. She'd hoped the cannabis oil would have been an option to help Trinity stop having up to 8 full-body "grand mal" seizures a day.
The bill's failure led to some families moving to places like Colorado where the oil is legal. Four-year-old Haleigh Cox of Forsyth and mom, Janea, the inspirations behind HB885 were among them. Cox recently reported a dramatic reduction in Haleigh's seizures.
But for Sumlin, moving wasn't an option as a single mother who stopped working in 2012 to help care for Trinity.
After the bill failed, State Representative Allen Peake (R-Macon), the sponsor of HB885, worked to launch a non-profit called the "Journey of Hope" fund aimed at helping families get financial assistance to move to Colorado to get the treatment.
So far, they've raised almost $60,000. The organization provides money for transportation, moving expenses, and rent for up to 6 months for families to live in Colorado.
The Sumlins, who live in Union City, were the first family to qualify, and are moving in the middle of June.
If want to donate to Journey of Hope, you can click here. Select Provision Bridge Donations, then select Journey of Hope Fund.
And if you know a family who might qualify, you can contact Rep. Peake at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The program is open to Georgia residents with a child who has a seizure disorder.
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