Sophie Isabella Ryan was diagnosed with a low-grade, Optic Pathway Glioma brain tumor in 2013 at only 8 1/2 months old. Her only treatment option was a 13-month protocol which was only meant to arrest the development of the tumor, not kill it. Her doctors warned of an 80-85% chance of recurrence, which meant a high likelihood Sophie would need many more rounds of chemo.
Feeling defeated, the Ryan's sought other ways to save their daughter along with Western medicine. In the process, they were connected to Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein who were filming a documentary about cannabis oil being used to kill cancer in pediatric patients. At the age of nine months old, Sophie began using highly concentrated cannabis oil in conjunction with chemotherapy and became the subject of the documentary Weed The People.
Over the last several years, Sophie's family and doctors witnessed a number of miraculous successes in her treatment and overall health. Despite the expected ups and downs in the life of a cancer patient, Sophie is currently healthier than ever and is living life to the absolute fullest. She has become a symbol of hope and continues to inspire everyone she meets with her outgoing spirit and love for entertaining.
After witnessing the true medical benefits of cannabis in her own daughter, Tracy Ryan created CannaKids and SavingSophie.org. The Ryan's have been the subject of global media coverage, they are now focused on groundbreaking research, and are planning human clinical trials.
SavingSophie.org is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that will be the recipient of the profits raised during this landmark event. Conducting research is extremely expensive, and can cost anywhere from $50 million to $2 billion just to get a new pharmaceutical drug to the market. SavingSophie.org will be using the funds raised from the rally to begin these trials with pediatric patients alongside their existing hospital partner. Through your support, SavingSophie.org can continue on a trajectory to strategically invest in pediatric research, human clinical trials and training programs that have the potential to improve the health of children around the globe!