Strides in Science
2019 Awards Gala
Presented by SavingSophie.org
Support the Science of Cannabis to Cure Cancer
We would like to thank you in advance for your interest in the 2019 Strides in Science Awards Gala! You may know me as the Founder of CannaKids, and my work in cannabis advocacy. I founded SavingSophie.org in 2014, which is now a Federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit.
Our mission is to find a cure for pediatric cancer through the combination of cannabis therapy alongside Western Medicine.
The Strides In Science 2019 Awards Gala is an evening to honor celebrities in the field of cannabis medicine, research, and advocacy. Guests in attendance at this black-tie optional gala will enjoy networking amongst the industries top influencers, brands, and executives at our cocktail hour, complete with a silent auction and VIP Gifting Lounge preview. A formal sit down dinner in the grand ballroom will follow, accompanied by musical entertainment, an awards ceremony, live auction, and a fundraising raffle. The evening will then flow into our after party where VIPs can access the Gifting Lounge and General Admission gift bags will be distributed.
Through your support, funds raised on this evening will go to support a benchmark study being done at a top university in Southern California, which will make a direct impact on cancer research in children.
To learn more about our advocacy work, please visit SavingSophie.org.
Saving Sophie is dedicated to supporting pediatric patients suffering from serious disease through education and financial support. It is our mission to alleviate some of the life difficulties that these families face on a daily basis. SavingSophie.org is also 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. Your donation will be 100% tax deductible as Saving Sophie is a 501(c)(3). We would like to thank you in advance for helping us help those in need!
Tracy & Sophie's Story
Imagine that you’re a new mom. After a 9 month pregnancy, you give birth to a beautiful baby girl. Your heart is bursting with joy at your new bundle.
Eight months later, your daughter starts to show a strange shaking in her left eyeball. You take her in to get checked, and then the doctor tells you the bad news…
I’m sorry to tell you ma’am, but your daughter has a brain tumor. Fortunately it’s not growing too fast so with chemotherapy, we should be able to minimize its growth. But it’s unlikely that we’ll ever get rid of it. The best we can do is keep it from growing too quickly. This tumor has a 90+% survival rate but an 85% recurrence rate.
I'm Tracy Ryan, and this is the story of my daughter Sophie. Doctors diagnosed her with a low-grade, Optic Pathway Glioma brain tumor at just 8½ months old... and prescribed her chemotherapy, with no chance at completely removing the tumor.
Chemotherapy. Sophie would lose her hair. Her appetite. Her normal development might even be compromised.
If your daughter was only eight months old and already fighting for her life… What would this do to you?
How would you respond?
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