Once again Norman Reedus, the man best known as the zombie-slaying badass on AMC’s The Walking Dead, is using his profile to raise funds for kids who need medical cannabis. Currently, Reedus is partnering with Saving Sophie, a non-profit that raises funding for families who need medical cannabis in their battle with epilepsy and cancer.
Last year Reedus helped raise funds for pediatric cancer patients through the Cannakids organization. For every $5 you donate, you’re entered into a raffle to win Reedus-signed memorabilia. These contributions will go to Saving Sophie’s cancer research initiative, which helps provide “cannabinoid therapy alongside doctor-prescribed treatments” to eight patients, with plans to add more following the fundraiser.
— norman reedus (@wwwbigbaldhead) November 9, 2018
“Our goal with this research is to bring non-toxic cancer treatments through human trials so that doctors will have access to this life-saving medicine for patients in need,” reads a release on Saving Sophie’s website.
Saving Sophie was started by the parents of Sophie Ryan, who was diagnosed with a glioma brain tumor when she was eight years old. Sophie’s parents created a Facebook page to raise awareness around their daughter’s condition, which eventually earned the attention of Ricki Lake, who was producing the documentary Weed The People with filmmaker Abby Epstein around this time.
The filmmakers introduced Sophie’s parents to non-toxic cannabinoid treatments, leading them to using a combination of chemo and cannabis oil to treat Sophie’s cancer. Her brain tumor has since shrunk more than 90 percent, and the family’s journey is prominently featured in Weed The People, which was released recently.
Click here if you’re interested in contributing to Saving Sophie and having a chance to win some Norman Reedus-signed memorabilia.