Maine's legislative session was dedicated to the girl who captured our hearts with her big smile and indelible spirit despite a lifelong battle with seizures. Cyndimae was honored on March 23rd during Maine's legislative session. The transcript from the speech is as follows:
Cyndimae Meehan, of Augusta and Connecticut, born on August 17, 2002, who passed away on March 13, 2016. At the early age of 10 months, Cyndimae was diagnosed with a rare and severe form of epilepsy, Dravet Syndrome.
For years her parents tried standard pharmaceuticals to control her seizures; however, after trying 23 different anti-epileptic drugs her neurologist told the family they were out of options.
In 2013, the Meehans made the difficult decision to split their family so Cyndimae could move to Maine with her mother, Susan, where she would be able to legally use medicinal cannabis, the only option left to control her seizures and the only regimen that worked with any efficacy.
Cyndimae's father, Robert, remained in Connecticut with her 2 sisters. Maine has benefited from Mrs. Meehan and Cyndimae's moving here. Mrs. Meehan has been a tireless advocate on behalf of not only Cyndimae, but all children in Maine who suffer from seizure disorders.
Because of Mrs. Meehan's advocacy, children who use medicinal cannabis may now attend school. We acknowledge that in the 2 and a half years that Cyndimae lived in Maine, she was able to benefit from and enjoy a better quality of life due to the State's public laws.
Cyndimae's legacy will be remembered as one that promoted education for children, regardless of the type of medicine they use.
Presented by Representative SANDERSON of Chelsea.
Cosponsored by Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin, Senator KATZ of Kennebec, Representative DOORE of Augusta, Representative POULIOT of Augusta, Representative FOWLE of Vassalboro.