We Are Proud to Sponsor the Fifth Annual Hope4Harper “Run4Hope” in Texas to Advance Epilepsy Research

The non-profit Hope4Harper was started over five years ago by Penny Howard, the Dallas mom of Harper Howard. Penny Howard became a vocal advocate for HempMeds® and our Real Scientific Hemp Oil™ after conducting extensive personal research. Since then, the Howards have become a cherished part of the HempMeds® family, and we are privileged to have shared in their successes and mourned with them their loses.

This year’s Fifth Annual Hope4Harper Run4Hope is an opportunity for HempMeds® to give back to a family and organization that has awarded us so much by inviting us into their lives. The event will be held Saturday, September 17, 2016, at the Josey Ranch Athletics Complex in Carrollton, Texas. The annual event was started with the goal of raising awareness and financial support for epilepsy research.

By donating $10,000 to sponsor this year’s event, HempMeds® will help Hope4Harper continue in their mission to further the vital medical research being conducted into neurological disorders like CDKL5. Hope4Harper plans to raise $20k for epilepsy research at this year’s run. With the help of the HempMeds® donation, the organization is already at 87% of their goal and looking to exceed their expectations. This is not the first Run4Hope event sponsored by HempMeds®. We have been avid supporters of the Hope4Harper Run4Hope since 2013.


Sadly, Harper Howard passed away this winter on January 8, 2016, due to additional medical complications beyond CDKL5. Despite the family’s loss, Harper’s legacy lives on through the family’s decision to donate her 28-month daily use CBD hemp oil brain and a deep tissue sample to medical research at the University of California San Diego. Harper was the first-ever brain and deep tissue sample donated to CDKL5 research and allows a unique view into the brain of a patient with epilepsy.

“We’re honored to be part of the Howard family’s journey and applaud Penny Howard’s continued courage to share her daughter Harper’s story, and continue her efforts to raise funds for critical medical research that will help other families around the world,” said Dr. Stuart Titus, CEO of HempMeds® parent company Medical Marijuana, Inc. “As we’ve seen time and again in legalization efforts across the nation, families of young children with special needs are helping drive the conversation around CBD access by sharing their stories.”

Harper Howard’s donation to the lab at UCSD is already having a profound impact on medical research for a wide range of neurological conditions under the guidance of University of California San Diego School of Medicine’s lead stem cell researcher, Dr. Alysson Muotri. Proceeds from this year’s Run4Hope will continue to benefit the desperately needed research on rare genetic disorders similar to Harper’s CDKL5.

Saturday, September 17, 2016
Registration will begin at 7am.
One mile Kids Fun Run at 7:30 a.m.
5K Memorial Run will follow at 8:00 a.m.

Josey Ranch Athletics Complex
1440 Keller Springs Rd.
Carrollton, TX 75006

Registration fees from $25 to $40 per person.

To participate in the 5th Annual Run4Hope or to donate to Hope4Harper visit their website for more information.

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