Jonah's campaign comes on the heels of the December 2013 annual report released by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Medical Marijuana Registry, which recorded an 81 percent increase in the number of children under age 18 seeking hemp therapy in the state over the past year. According to CDPHE archive reports, the number of cancer patients using medical marijuana in the state has more than tripled in just four years, increasing from 908 patients in 2009 to 3,079 patients in 2013.
However, surging demand, along with the cost of therapy, has limited the availability of treatment for many families. Although medical marijuana was legalized in Colorado in 2000, helping patients avoid legal qualms, the cost of therapy can be prohibitive.
"We have thousands of dollars still in debt to hospitals, we can't afford the oil without help," said Patrick Allen, Jonah's father. The Allen family, who had relocated to Massachusetts in 2013, returned to Colorado to seek cannabis oil treatment upon learning their son had a brain tumor.
Prices for a one-month supply of cannabis oil can run between $1,000 and $2,000 according to Realm of Caring, a Colorado non-profit organization specializing in treatment of pediatric ailments with cannabis oil.
In addition to receiving cannabis oil, Jonah is also seeing traditional oncologist. Although his family has health insurance, the cost of CT scans and office visits has been mounting since Jonah's birth. Already diagnosed before birth with Pediatric Hydrocephalus, a buildup of fluid around the brain that can cause fatal swelling, Jonah endured three surgeries before the tumor was discovered.
Compelled by Jonah's story, The four Speidell brothers who own The Green Solution, decided to host a fundraiser to ease the cost of his care. The Speidells hope that Jonah's story will continue the groundswell of support for CBD/THC research and assistance to families seeking treatment with medical marijuana.
"We are happy to help in any way we can," said one of the Speidell brothers.
Proceeds raised up to $30,000 will immediately benefit Jonah, with any additional funding directed toward The Jonah Fund's mission to financially assist other families using CBD/THC therapy.
The Green Solution is a family-owned dispensary with four locations in Colorado. Committed to safe, friendly access with an innovative touch, the company extensively tests its products for potency and purity.
The Realm of Caring in Colorado Springs, which developed the now famous CBD strain Charlotte's Web, works to treat patients, gather scientific data, promote clinical studies, and educate the public about cannabis therapy.
Supporters can donate securely online to The Jonah Fund at YouCaring.com/TheJonahFund or by visiting any of four The Green Solution locations. The online campaign ends in just a few days on February 28. More information about Jonah and his family can be found at PrayForJonah.com