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Foundation helps Guam kids cope with cancer

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 by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - The Joaquin "KC" Concepcion II Compassionate Cannabis Use Act was initially proposed to simply provide an alternative to the people of Guam suffering from debilitating health issues. The proposal was approved by voters due in part to the Live Life Alive Foundation - a group of supporters who aimed to educate the community on medicinal marijuana.

Today, those same supporters are forming another foundation aimed at helping children cope with cancer.

"The Savage K for Kids Foundation is an idea that my husband and I thought of years ago when he was first diagnosed with cancer," detailed Emily Concepcion. She's widow to the late man many knew as "Savage K". In 2013, he passed away after a two-year battle with stomach cancer. She says when KC would undergo treatment, it would not only take hours but thereafter the side effects would kick in. "So our kids they weren't able to get out and do everyday activities that normal children would be doing," she said.

Emily says, as many can attest to, that cancer does not only affect the patient or the caregiver, but the children as well. All the reason behind the "Savage K for Kids Foundation" that will focus on assisting children cope with cancer through the loss of a loved one or with a loved one who is currently diagnosed with the disease. Emily serves as the non-profit's vice president, saying, "They'll be able to speak with other children because children tend to hold their emotions in - some maybe won't accept it, some don't understand it, so maybe if they were to get with peers, children their age, children going through the same thing, children who have yet to go through the same thing that they're going through," she said.

And like they did with Live Life Alive, Inc., Emily says the role of "Savage K for Kids" will be to exhaust all measures for children to cope, engage in activity or avail themselves of information. "And we're also looking to have counselors on site, at the all the events, so if the children would like to speak to someone then they have that option, if they want to," she said,

The foundation is still in the beginning stages consisting of close to two dozen members. Concepcion says the foundation will host fundraisers and soon accept donations, adding, "It is a learning process, it's still fresh, maybe there's something someone would like to suggest we do based on their experience, or based on an idea that they have we do have a Savage K for Kids Foundation page on Facebook, we also have an email address - savagekforkids@gmail.com. Feel free to email us, write to us, like our page and we should be able to communicate through there."

In the meantime, in appreciation of the island's vote in approving the medicinal marijuana measure, Live Life Alive supporters will be holding a wave this Friday at 5pm at the Hagatna Paseo Loop. As for the actual medicinal marijuana initiative, it is set to be enacted 90 days after certification which will be February 20. This simply starts the nine-month clock on when the Department of Public Health needs to promulgate rules and regulations for the implementation.

Director James Gillan says a draft of those rules is already in the works and most of the members have already been selected. 
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