KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC (WBTV) - Feels like an increasing number of amazing #MollysKids have families trying to turn towards CBD oils. Kids like Aaron Evans.
I say "trying to turn" because Aaron can't get them. They're not legal in North Carolina if you're trying to treat the type of massive brain tumor found inside his 14-year-old head.
Doctors discovered it four months ago....
It's called "Grade 3 Anaplastic Astrocytoma".
That's a fancy name for "aggressive cancer".
Aaron, a Kings Mountain Middle School 8th grader, has had two surgeries and is currently homeschooled because he has to travel to Charlotte every weekday – every single weekday – for radiation.
He also just started chemo last night. He has ten more months left.
It began with severe headaches last summer. Aaron's mom, Jennifer, says doctors told her the headaches were due to his braces. She – they – never for a second imagined it could be cancer.
"In these past few months I've watched him get mad, cry, not talk, not eat, close himself off and lose his hair," said Jennifer. "Every night I pray Aaron never has to go through any of this again. He tells me he just wants to be normal."
Aaron's dad, Charles, is the only working parent. He's a welder at Daimler in Gastonia. His mom is his main caregiver and currently finishing up earning her GED.
Aaron has a brother Tavis and two sisters, Carley and Keira. Their mom is wildly proud of all of them, as evidenced by her email address. It starts out as "myfourangels@..."
"I love being a mom," said Jennifer. "Carley is my girly-girl. Keira is my tomboy. Tavis loves playing video games and being outside. Aaron… Aaron is my loving and compassionate child. He is mature. He loves the outdoors as well. He's also a Duke fan, and loves to watch sports."
Jennifer is a determined mother with a kind voice. She has written multiple times, wondering what to do and which path to take to save her son.
Last night Jennifer and I spoke on the phone. She said she has been doing research and found other parents of kids with this type of tumor. She says those parents saw success by using CBD oils (cannabis oils) and now she is trying to get Aaron on a waiting list to get CBD oils… IF he can get to Colorado.
As many of you know, CBD oils are legal in North Carolina for very specific types of illnesses.
Anaplastic Astrocytoma brain tumors aren't one of them.
Time will tell on if Jennifer gets Aaron to Colorado, or finds other treatments. We can only hope they find something that works.
I want to be clear, this post isn't a soapbox on medical marijuana.
What it IS, is a post about a boy… yet another local child… fighting a cancer he didn't ask for and doesn't want. It's about a mother researching words and terms she wishes she didn't know. It's about another family thrown into a cancer club of which they wish they weren't members.
Please keep us updated, Jennifer.
And Aaron, hang in there. You are normal.
YOU ARE NORMAL.