BENEFITING: ECS THERAPY CENTER
Many are familiar with the work Cannabis Patient Network Institute, a small Colorado NPO that precedes The eCS Therapy Center has done; providing cannabis oil to the terminally ill. Over the course of the past three years, we were shocked to find CPNI has accumulatively given away nearly $200,000 in cannabis oil while never having more than $15,000 a year on which to operate. We’d like to replicate that in a model that is more familiar to patients, social service agencies, health care providers, and pharmacies--and legal within any state operating a medical cananbis program.
In short, under the umbrella of The eCS Therapy Center we’re launching eCS Kids, state-specific fundraising platforms. In contrast, "Rachel's Fund" will aid patients considered "medical cannabis refugees" those forced to relocate for cannabis therapy.
"Rachel's Fund" has been established in memory of Mark Pedersen's daughter, Rachel, who passed away more than a decade ago. Rachel was the light of her daddy's life and after a life spent struggling with disability, he knows the loss of a child lost too soon. Our work with Cannabis Patient Network Institute has often been a reflection of Mark's dedication to public service, developed over the years raising a family with disability, and never having enough resources to consider alternatives. This fund will aid families in need of alteratives and support.
Since Connie Milburn joined The eCS Therapy Center Board of Directors she's said she often wonders why she was placed on our Board given the research imminence of other members. However, eCS Kids is the reason we're so blessed to have Connie helping build The eCS Therapy Center. It has long been a vision to offer services to families or terminally ill adults in need. Historically there has been "no place" a patient could turn for assistance; CPNI just couldn’t service enough people!
eCS Kids is a fundraising and awareness branch of The eCS Therapy Center that will develop programs and administer the programs much as social service agencies focused on other health issues (e.g. epilepsy, cancer, breast cancer) assist patients in their community.
Committees of advocates, parents, and patients will help fund raise and distribute funds within the community they are intended.
As with all eCS Kids “Funds,” financial contributions provided in this category will be earmarked specifically for medical cannabis related costs which are the responsibility of the patient, caregiver, or patient (registration, physician costs, or other related expenses). Though funds will be reserved toward pediatric patients, some terminally ill or severely disabled adults may also receive assistance with related expenses as directed by advisory committee members. Because this fund is nationally focused, with sufficient funding, relocation expenses may be a consideration for assistance.
15% of all collected funds will be retained by eCS Therapy for the general fund, this helps support the greater organization so that we can successfully administer all donations. 85% of the budget will be earmarked for medical cannabis refugees or which the fund is designed and states may request funds from eCS USA for patients in need.
Currently, all funds will be administered from Colorado; however, as we gain Charity approval in other states, funds will be administered locally. A quarter of these dedicated funds will be earmarked for FREE public educational activities within local communities and educational outreach to public schools and health departments. All remaining funds, will be applied directly to assisting patients with costs associated with medical cannabis treatment. Additional committe members and reports as they are made available will be posted on our website.