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