The Howard family is a typical Texas family from outside Dallas, with a daughter who is anything but. After just a few weeks of life, Harper received the diagnosis that would forever change the family’s world and make Penny Howard a passionate, outspoken supporter of the potential of CBD.
Come hear Penny share her family’s heartbreaking story of struggle, love, and change at the 2019 Believe National Convention this April in San Diego.
The mother of a special needs child, it would have been easy for Penny to accept her lot and turn inward, focusing on her own family’s needs… but she never did. From early on, Penny saw her family’s situation as a chance to better the world around them, creating the Hope4Harper nonprofit to raise awareness surrounding the family’s experiences with their daughter.
From the beginning, Penny and the Howards shared Harper’s story online, hoping that sharing their experience would somehow help others. For them, this was the most basic form of giving back.
Started in the summer of 2011, the Hope4Harper blog now contains 45 pages of posts, covering everything from the elating to the heartbreaking, during Harper’s nearly six years of life. Most posts are written by Penny and present a way to follow along with Harper and the family’s progress day to day. Along with the Hope4Harper blog, Penny runs a companion Facebook page and group to help similar parents interact with each other and share updates.
Through it all, young Harper was a beacon for hope for everyone whose life she’s crossed, including her own family. Sadly, Harper’s ultimate contribution came upon her tragic passing in January of 2016. Since then, her donation to medical research has allowed scientists to pursue a greater understanding of neurological diseases.
Immediately following Harper’s death, the Howards acted to donate Harper’s brain and tissue to the Muotri Lab at the University of California, San Diego. This decision, considered in advance of Harper’s death, was made to carry on the valuable work the Howard family and Hope4Harper began when Harper was alive. At the Southern California lab, Dr. Muotri and his team are using Harper’s stem cells to grow “mini-brains” that will give researchers a unique view into the development and treatment of neurological conditions.
As an organization, Hope4Harper has raised almost $200,000 in donations for neurological research and continues to plan fundraising events in the future to keep Harper’s memory alive. Penny now travels around the country to help raise awareness for conditions like Harper’s, speaking at a number of health conferences, business expos, and more to further Harper’s legacy of hope.
See Penny at Believe
The Believe National Convention will feature many exciting speakers and special guests like Penny. Visit our news feed in the coming weeks for more Believe speaker spotlights.
Believe Event Details:
- April 13-14, 2019
- Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
- 1380 Harbor Island Dr. San Diego, CA
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