Deryn and Callie Blackwell. Screen-grabbed from This Morning.
May 12, 2019, is Mother’s Day in most countries around the world. So we are paying tribute to the moms who have defied the odds and have fought to save their children’s lives through medical cannabis. These are the moms who are staunchly campaigning for legal access to cannabis as a treatment on behalf of their sick kids and on behalf of millions of others who don’t have a voice.
In 2010, Callie Blackwell‘s eldest son, Deryn, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. But just when they thought Deryn surpassed that big medical challenge 18 months after, he was diagnosed with a rare and more aggressive type of cancer called Langerhans Cell Sarcoma. In fact, Langerhans is so rare that there are only five other people in the world known to have it, making Deryn one in seven billion. In the four years that followed, the boy went through chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and has had four bone marrow transplants. All these treatments failed, and Deryn was given only a few days left to live. They had even started planning his own funeral.
Thinking that they have nothing else to lose, Callie finally decided to give her son cannabis tincture. And that’s how Deryn’s road to recovery began. Now, Deryn is a young man who proudly describes himself as “illegally alive,” alluding to the illegal status of cannabis in the U.K.
Callie, meanwhile, is at the forefront of the fight to end cannabis prohibition in the country. She has also written a book about their story, titled “The Boy in 7 Billion.”
Now a seasoned motivational speaker, advocate, activist, and author, Callie fights for and alongside patients who need cannabis but are not able to access the drug.
Check out Deryn and Callie’s interview with This Morning in 2017:
“I will never turn away from someone who has asked for my help, I could well be the answer to their prayers. Only a monster would refuse to help someone when they have the ability to do so – I’m not a monster.” — Callie Blackwell.