PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A small gathering of supporters held a rally for Kylee Dixon and her mother at Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland Saturday, days after the ill teen and her mother were found in a Las Vegas hotel.
Christina Dixon, 35, defied a court order to turn her 13-year-old daughter over to DHS when it was determined Kylee needed surgery. The Dixons have been active on social media talking about Kylee’s battle with liver cancer.
According to posts from the mother and family members on Facebook, Christina Dixon has been relying on natural medicine to treat her daughter’s cancer, including CBD oil.
Kylee was allowed to live with her mother while being a ward of the state,” Clackamas County Sgt. Marcus Mendoza told KOIN 6 News earlier in the week.. “Kylee had a surgery scheduled for June 6. DHS was present when that was to occur, but unfortunately, Kylee and her mother did not show up.”
The next day, Mendoza said, DHS got a court order to take custody of Kylee.
Republican State Sen. Kim Thatcher criticized the state for how it’s handling the situation in a statement ahead of Saturday’s rally.
“In Oregon, you apparently have the ‘right to die’ treatments but you don’t have the ‘right to deny’ treatments,” Thatcher said.
The small crowd of supporters wore light pink or blue to show their support for Kylee.
Christina Savinar, who described herself as a family friend, said she thinks “it’s criminal that DHS is trying to take her away from her mother.”
Savinar said Christina Dixon’s “research” led her to a naturopathic doctor who “prescribed a regimen for her and the tumor shrunk to 10% of what it was.”
The FDA has previously issued warning letters to those selling CBD, warning them that any claims that CBS oil can cure cancer are unsubtantiated and there isn’t sufficient evidence to show them to be true.
Those at the rally said they think a parent should have the right to choose and a child can speak for themselves, something Kylee has done.
Kylee’s friend Sierra Cooper said she wants them “to be reunited and I want what’s best for her.”
When authorities found Kylee and Christina in the Longhorn Casino and Hotel, the teen was taken into protective custody without incident.
According to the Kylee’s Fight Facebook page, the teenager is back in Oregon and is now in foster care.
Investigators continue to look into Christina Dixon’s actions and will forward their findings to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office to determine if charges should be filed.