Abraham Cherrix, left, and his father, Jay, look over a big onion in their kayaking shop in Chincoteague, Va., seen in this June 26, 2006, file photo. A judge ruled Friday, July 21, 2006, that Starchild Cherrix, fighting to use alternative treatment for his cancer, must report to a hospital by Tuesday for testing, evaluation and treatment as doctors deem necessary, the family’s attorney said. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Abraham Cherrix: ‘I’m not going to receive chemotherapy no matter what’
Abraham Cherrix, the Eastern Shore teen who is using an herbal diet to fight Hodgkin’s Disease, will defy a court order to resume chemotherapy. Speaking in Virginia Beach Monday evening before an appearance on Fox News Channel, Abraham Cherrix, 16, and his father, Jay Cherrix told Your NewsChannel 3 they will not report to Childrens’ Hospital of the King’s Daughters by a court-ordered deadline of 1p.m. Tuesday afternoon. Instead, the family will be in conference with an Accomack County Circuit Court judge asserting their right to a brand new trial.
Teen loses fight to treat cancer with herbs
“Social services may be pounding on your door next”
The parents were devastated by the new order and planned to appeal, the lawyer said. Stepanovich said he will ask a higher court Monday to stay enforcement of the order, which requires the parents to take Abraham to a Norfolk hospital and to give the oncologist written legal consent to treat their son for Hodgkin’s disease. ”I want to caution all parents of Virginia: Look out, because social services may be pounding on your door next when they disagree with the decision you’ve made about the health care of your child,” Stepanovich said.
Defiant and Exhausted, Teens Refuse Cancer Treatments
As he waited alone in the hospital for his chemotherapy treatment, 16-year-old Billy Best watched the other children with cancer. He noticed how frail they looked and how much sicker they had become since they had first entered. Then his attention turned to his nurse, who donned unusually thick rubber gloves. He asked her why she needed such intense protection. He was shocked by her answer: The chemo he’s about to receive could burn her skin, she told him. It was then that Billy ran away from chemotherapy, once and for all. “I felt like I was going to die,” he said, adding that he had been hit by a truck before and that the chemotherapy “was a lot like that.”
Threat: Cancer teen to be taken by force
Elian Gonzalez-style showdown feared
16-year-old Virginian: ‘I’m not going to receive chemotherapy no matter what’
The father of a Virginia teen seeking an alternative treatment for his cancer says a social worker has threatened to use force to take the boy away from the family for court-ordered chemotherapy. Jay Cherrix of Chincoteague, Va., is concerned there could be an Elian Gonzalez-style showdown over his 16-year-old son, Abraham, who has already undergone chemotherapy for his Hodgkin’s disease to no avail.
Medical terrorists on your doorstep
The medical terrorists are at it again and they’re gaining on us, aiming the big guns at children and parents.
If you think parents have the right to raise their children according to their own beliefs and standards, think again.
The truth is, in this twisted world, you only have the right to raise your children as long as the state doesn’t think it knows better. When that happens, watch out. The guy with the biggest fist wins, and that usually means the parents and the kids lose.
Natural health community up in arms over Judge’s sentencing of Abraham Cherrix to chemotherapy
The backlash from the natural health community has been fierce and widespread. Natural health sites such as The Liberty Papers, Hammer of Truth and Wavy.com have each covered Cherrix’s story, as well as Health Ranger Mike Adams’ exploration of the case alongside other examples of what he calls, “Gunpoint Medicine.”
“It all makes me wonder: With all the talk about “freedom” today, didn’t anybody stop to think about the freedoms we desperately need right here at home?” Adams said. “The true enemies of freedom, it seems, have medical degrees. They don’t wield weapons of mass destruction delivered by rockets, they wield chemical weapons delivered by injection.” Hammer of Truth writer Michelle Shinghal specifically states that she is not supporting alternative therapy over conventional therapy (at least in this case), but is simply outraged that the state insists it has the right to force someone to choose one way or the other.
Contact Judge Demps to demand that he reverse his decision so that this family’s rights and wishes may be respected and further harm can be prevented.
Jesse Edgar Demps
119 Crawford Parkway
Portsmouth, VA 23704