Dad upset by late daughter’s photo on cannabis activism site

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PORT TOWNSEND — It’s been six years since Jonathan Fulton lost his daughter Courtney, but he still tears up talking about her

girl“She was a very strong, strong willed, very positive little girl,” Fulton said Thursday.

Courtney spent much of her eight years of  life battling neuroblastoma at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. She wanted to help other kids who were fighting cancer, so the family agreed to let the hospital and other charitable organizations share her story.

“We definitely support relay for life and anything that would help with cancer treatment,” Fulton said.

But a few weeks ago, Fulton said, he saw his late daughter’s picture on the website for Sonshine Organics, a nonprofit cooperative focused on cannabis activism.

“I was hurt, I was shocked, I was outraged,” he said.

Sonshine is run by Serena Haskins, who said she met Courtney when her own daughter was fighting cancer. She says her family was devastated when Courtney passed away, and that putting her photo up is a way of paying tribute.

“I can say this does not honor her in any way,” Fulton said.

He added that  he never gave permission for Courtney’s photo to be used, and his ex-wife told him she didn’t either. He says his daughter was never treated with medical marijuana, and he thinks the site is misleading.

“Courtney would not want to be known, to be the marijuana girl,” Fulton said.

Haskins said the photos have been on her site for three years, and she doesn’t understand why there’s a problem now.

Fulton says he just wants them down.

“She was a little angel and she does not need to be remembered like this,” Fulton said.

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6 comments

  • Todd Nelson

    In early 2011 Serena was looking for donations for a fundraiser to buy the family a car so they could get to and from doctors appt. if the child died 6 years ago then that means they had no need for a car to go back and forth. This greedy dishonest dispensary owner should be charged and jailed. Now the Washington will know what a dishonest greedy human being you are. Using a dead girls name and death for your gain you should be ashamed of yourselfs

  • Wes

    You need to work on your reading comprehension.

    "We lost Courtney a few years ago"

    It is stated clearly, and I have cited it in Sarena's original post from 2011 below. Quit smearing the name of a wonderful woman that has only tried to help. Seems to me this family accepted Sarena's love and support until the struggle was over, and now they want to remove all trace of their connection to evil, nasty marijuana. WoooooOOOooooo.

    "She wanted to help other kids who were fighting cancer, so the family agreed to let the hospital and other charitable organizations share her story.

    “We definitely support relay for life and anything that would help with cancer treatment,” Fulton said."

    Sonshine is a charitable organization. Sonshine does a lot for cancer patients and the advancement of cancer treatment. The only thing these people are hung up on is that Sonshine promotes a needlessly stigmatized plant.

    "“Courtney would not want to be known, to be the marijuana girl,” Fulton said."

    She is not represented as a marijuana user, she is represented as a lost angel in the fight against cancer…a fight that Sarena is all to familiar with. A fight she even shared with the Fultons. In fact I'm looking at some really friendly looking pics of them together right now — from a fundraiser put on by Sonshine. What is your problem?

    "SON~COURTNEY FOUNDATION~ Courtney is our ANGEL. She had cancer and was diagnoised the same day as my daughter over five years ago… My daughter alwasy said "She was glad she had cancer she met Courtney" This is in honor of them!!xxoo They were neighbors in the hospital for over a year and became close friends. We lived at the parent aptarments and were neighbors to Courtney's family. I had our 3 month old son and Kathy (courtney's mom) had her 6 month old daughter… We became very close. We lived as neighbors at Mary Bridge Parent apartments for over a year. The girls went in to remission the same time and with in the first year the cancer had come back in Courtney. We lost Coutney a few years agon and we dearly love her and her siblings. Courtney has 4 living siblings. They need a car!!!! SON will fight against cancer and establish this "COURTNEY FOUNDATION" We look forward to presenting this family with a car and then choosing a new family in need …"

  • Todd Nelson

    Now she is known for the crook she is! All you greedy unscrupulous dispensary owners will be exposed for what you are greedy advantage takers!

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