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Monroe County fire delays homecoming for Haleigh Cox, namesake for Haleigh’s Hope Act

A homecoming from Colorado for the little girl whose struggle with severe epilepsy opened the medical cannabis debate in Georgia will be delayed after a fire tore through her Monroe County home Tuesday.

Six-year-old Haleigh Cox and her parents, Janea and Brian Cox, appear to have lost everything and are awaiting an insurance assessment. The fire occurred just days before Janea Cox and Haleigh were set to return home, after spending the past year in Colorado. There, the girl has been on a therapeutic regimen that includes an extract of cannabis.

Her family has said a liquid form of the drug has helped reduce her seizures.

Janea Cox said by telephone that her family is grateful for all the love and support from friends, family and the community.

“We will get through this storm and hopefully come out stronger,” she said.

The cause of the fire at the double-wide mobile home appears to have been electrical, according to Monroe County Emergency Services.

Donations for the Coxes are being collected by Northway Church. Pastor Kevin Mills said the church does not yet have a list of the family’s immediate needs. Donations can be made via www.northwaychurch.net/giving-to-the-haleigh-cox-family/ or by calling 478-476-1971.

Haleigh has a seizure disorder that used to cause her more than 100 seizures on some days. Early last year after an especially acute attack stopped Haleigh’s breathing for several minutes and landed her at Children’s Hospital at Egleston in Atlanta, the Coxes started lobbying to let their child try medical cannabis.

The Haleigh’s Hope Act, signed by Gov. Nathan Deal earlier this year and written by state Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, allows families like the Coxes to possess certain no-buzz liquid cannabis extracts without fear of arrest.

To contact writer Maggie Lee, e-mail mlee@macon.com.

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