When 36-year-old Kevin Houdeshell, of Sheffield Lake, died, his family launched a crusade in his name.
Kevin, who had diabetes, died after he couldn't receive life-saving insulin.
The family's “See the Possible” story on WKYC Channel 3 inspired change in Ohio and beyond.
It all started when Kevin’s pharmacist said his insulin prescription had expired. Kevin's sister, Amy Houdeshell, said in February 2015 that the pharmacist's hands were tied.
"We can't give you anymore, they said. And he tried three times to call his doctor's office,” said Amy. “Four days later, he passed away from not having his insulin."
By December 2015, the Houdeshells had used their story to change laws in Ohio.
"I never imagined we would reach so many people with that one little story about my brother," said Amy.
On Dec. 22, 2015, it was a classic case of “See the Possible” when Ohio Governor John Kasich signed HB 188 into law.
The legislation allows pharmacists to extend the emergency supply a pharmacist can dispense when a patient runs out of refills for a life-dependent drug and the doctor can't be reached.
"No one should have to die because of an expired prescription and can’t get ahold of your doctor," said Dan Houdeshell, Kevin's father.
It turns out, officials in Florida also took note.
On March 16, Bob Johnson, a Florida man who spearheaded the effort to change legislation in his state, sent a Facebook post to WKYC’s Dawn Kendrick.
The post read:
"Congratulations Dawn Kendrick from your friends in Florida. If it wasn't for your two news pieces I don't think I could have rounded up as much support as I did".
On Thursday, their efforts paid off. Florida Governor Rick Scott approved a similar law there.
Johnson, crediting the Houdeshell family, said, "April 14, 2016 will be Florida's 'Kevin's Law Day,' and as Dan Houdeshell says, two down and 48 to go."
The Houdeshells changed the laws in Ohio, and now Florida is following suit.
Similar law changes are in the works, the Houdeshells say, in Pennsylvania and New York. But it's not just for diabetics.
Kevin is the face of so many others who depend on life-sustaining drugs. Now pharmacists can extend prescriptions for patients with asthma, heart disease, high blood pressure, epilepsy and COPD.
"It took losing my brother to save God knows how many other lives," said Amy.
Kevin's mother, Judy Houdeshell, wiped away a tear when she said, "And so this would be what Kevin would have wanted."
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