Article by Angela Stelmakowich, Growth Op
With the upcoming holiday season, Quebecker Dwayne Fox was looking to give back. The former truck driver, a non-smoker who was pleasantly surprised to learn how cannabis edibles could help his work injury-related back pain, thought giving back to a place that had helped him as a kid would be just the ticket.
That place was the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), where, as a four-year-old with cerebral palsy, Fox received “a huge operation on my legs and that permitted me to walk like a normal person,” according to The Review. He then relearned how to walk during his follow-up therapy at the hospital.
“There is a huge place in my heart for CHEO,” The Review quotes him as saying.
So Fox, 39, set out to raise some money for the hospital. Through his private Facebook page called Canadian Cannabis Grow Group, created to help support people, he gathered $912 from members and businesses that were likewise looking to give back. The money is slated for CHEO’s Make-A-Wish general fund.
Since Fox’s private page was launched three months ago, it has attracted 700-plus members, according to The Review.
Medical cannabis proved its own gift for Fox, who was injured during a loading accident two years ago and could not find relief with prescription medications, including morphine and opioids.
An acquaintance suggested medical cannabis last spring, notes The Review, and Fox has not looked back since. He has been able to resume some normal activities and has since been granted an authorization to grow his own medicine.