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Charity helps children with epilepsy get cannabis oil

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Sheryl Sumlin will be heading to Colorado thanks to a new charity so her daughter Trinity can receive cannabis oil legally. Sheryl Sumlin will be heading to Colorado thanks to a new charity so her daughter Trinity can receive cannabis oil legally.

There is new hope for families with children who suffer epileptic seizures. A week after the Georgia Legislature failed to pass a medical marijuana bill, a new non-profit is raising money to move those families out of state.

For 11 years, Sheryl Sumlin has tried to find something that will change her daughter's health.

"The reality is, pretty much her entire life, she's had seizures every day," said Sumlin.

Her daughter, Trinity, has epilepsy and for more than a decade, a series of doctors have been trying to treat it.

"I just always hold out hope that there is something that could come and help. And it looks like now, we might have finally gotten somewhere," said Sumlin.

No thanks to the Georgia Legislature. They failed to pass a bill that would legalize cannabis oil to help children with epilepsy. The help Sheryl is talking about comes from another parent.

"I do not believe that is right, that a child that lives in one state can get medicine and get better, but a child that lives in another state cannot," said Jonathan Jiles with the Child Epilepsy Project.

Jiles and other formed the Child Epilepsy Project, a non-profit organization that is raising money to pay for airfare and housing. The goal is to get families to Colorado where they can get a legal prescription for cannabis oil.

"Some families cannot get their children out to a state where they can get better. And I don't think it's right and I'm going to do everything I can to help those families," said Jiles.

The Sumlins will be the first family to go and Sheryl hopes the first family in the organization to see cannabis oil make a real change in a child.

"I know it's anecdotal, but for us maybe it's an opportunity to do things we never get to do. You know, do things that 11 year old girls get to do. I don't know what that is, I would like her to have the opportunity to do some of these things," said Sumlin.

There is not a timetable yet on when the organization is hoping to move Sheryl and Trinity out to Colorado. First, they have to raise the money. They believe they will have to raise as much as $25,000.

For more information on the Child Epilepsy Project visit their website at

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