Harper Howard’s Parents Witness Her Contribution to CDKL5 Research; Harper’s Brain Cells Being Grown by Dr. Muotri, Lead Stem Cell Researcher at Univ. of Calif. San Diego School of Medicine
San Diego, CA – April 7, 2016 – The tragic loss of Harper Howard on Jan. 8 stunned those who followed her journey battling CDKL5 epilepsy, however her bold spirit lives on. Through Harper’s donation of the world’s’ first 28-month daily cannabis use brain for CDKL5 research, although she is no longer with us, her cells are – and they are growing under the watchful eye of Dr. Alysson Muotri at UCSD medical research laboratory in San Diego.
On April 12, what would have been Harper’s 6th birthday, Penny and Dustin Howard will witness their daughter’s massive contribution to science at Dr. Muotri’s laboratory.
“Harper would want people to know,” states Penny Howard, Harper’s mother, co-founder of Hope4Harper.com and spokesperson for Medical Marijuana, Inc.’s (OTC: MJNA) HempMeds®. “Throughout her five-year battle with CDKL5 epilepsy, Harper achieved so many milestones and, as a daily hemp cannabidiol (CBD) oil consumer, she became a shining example of what the ‘new normal’ can be for special needs children. Harper’s living legacy is furthering science and medical research.”
Although Dr. Muotri is researching CDKL5 epilepsy, with Harper’s unique profile and tissue donation, San Diego can now add cannabis-affected brain cell research to the region’s resume. Dr. Muotri’s research includes testing Harper’s brain cells with other drugs as well as the cannabinoid CBD.
Howard continues, “Harper’s brain cells are providing a platform for researchers to seek a cure for CDKL5 epilepsy and other seizure-related disorders. Witnessing Harper’s new place in the world of medical research is helping our family to gain closure. We are grateful to Dr. Muotri for opening both his heart and laboratory to us on what would have been Harper’s 6th birthday. We miss our daughter and our children, Lily and Seth, miss their sister every day. Seeing Harper’s life benefit mankind in this way is comforting for all of us.”
Harper’s life achievements – including becoming the National American Miss Princess Cover Girl for the state of Texas – is chronicled on www.Hope4Harper.com and in an article published by the Huffington Post. The Hope4Harper.com Facebook blog became a catalyst for the historic decision of the Brazilian government to both import Medical Marijuana, Inc.’s Real Scientific Hemp Oil™ (RSHO™) – and also subsidize payments for RSHO™ under the Brazilian government’s health care system.
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