On her eleventh birthday, Anna Knecht has one birthday wish - to receive cannabis oil here in Pennsylvania to stop her grand mal seizures. Her frequent, severe seizures have made trips to the playground and amusement park just a memory. Now, she spends her days homebound in a wheelchair, with a high risk for sudden death despite her prescription medications and surgeries. Her neurologist expects her condition to deteriorate soon and warns that she is not likely to survive to adulthood. His request to conduct a trial of high CBD hemp oil for Anna was denied. Unless Pennsylvania finds a way for her to receive this non-psychoactive oil at home, Anna and her mom will be forced to move to Colorado this fall, splitting up their family.
The Epilepsy Foundation is advocating for patients across the country to receive cannabis oil in their home states now, before time runs out. We believe that Pennsylvania can find a way. We implore you to work with others in the Pennsylvania legislature to make Anna’s Birthday Wish come true.
Please pray with us on an ongoing basis, and particularly on Anna's actual birthday, Wednesday, March 19.
The kids in my church are passionate about praying for Anna week after week. They've grown up with her and seen her regress from walking to wheelchair. In a genuinely conservative congregation, I love that the pro-marijuana crowd includes the young and sneakered who look forward to running and playing with her.
- Facebook: Anna's Birthday Wish
- Twitter: annajaneknecht, and please use #annasbirthdaywish
- Charlotte's Web on Wikipedia
- about the plant Charlotte's Web on Realm of Caring (a Colorado-based organization)
- Dr Sanjay Gupta's Weed 2 documentary
- article in Pennlive on Rep Scott Perry's Town Hall meeting, at which Anna's dad Mark spoke and supporters of #Annasbirthdaywish carried yellow balloons. TL;DR: Scott Perry is a new proponent of medical marijuana.
- CBS local news report of the same Town Hall Meeting
Anna's actual birthday. Card signing party #2. 250+ cards, plus coloring sheets from the kids, to be delivered to Pennsylvania legislators.
photo source: Kathryn Clymer