A LITTLE ABOUT CannAbility
The StoryCannAbility was founded to provide support, resources, education and access to cannabis for parents of kids living with an illness or disability. Parents seeking options through the medical and recreational laws of Colorado are often overwhelmed with options, and underwhelmed with outcomes. CannAbility seeks to close the gap for parents seeking cannabis treatments for their kids living with an illness or disability. The conditions of the body do not necessarily affect the spirit. Jack Splitt is a bright, curious and charming 14-year-old living with severe cerebral palsy and dystonia. His condition requires full-time nursing care, the use a wheelchair and life support. His mother Stacey has been struggling to treat the disease since Jack’s infancy. Sorting through a maze of treatments and options is daunting, and the most powerful support and reliable information has historically come from other road-tested parents through parent-to-parent networks. Recently, Jack, like a number of others like him in Colorado, has been using cannabis to control his dystonia, as well as alleviate other symptoms such as pain and anxiety. The impacts were immediate, and his quality of life improved significantly. Further, he was able to reduce, and in some cases, completely eliminate, his dependence on life-limiting, sedating medications. Stacey has been a long-time advocate for rights of children living with disabilities, and her roots in policy were developed in the 1990’s when she worked on international trade agreements and anti-trust policy on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. So when Jack became the center of a conflict between ADA and cannabis laws for schools in 2015, Stacey championed the issue. The governor signed Jack’s Amendment in May 2015. The amendment provides safe access to cannabis on school property, allowing kids using cannabis treatments to attend school with their medication. This opened the portal for parents across Colorado, and across the country, to reach out to Stacey for like-minded support, and CannAbility was formed. CannAbility seeks to offer a peer (parent) network of support for Colorado residents and cannabis refugees, and parents of children living with illness or disability. CannAbility provides support, resources, education and access to cannabis for parents of kids living with an illness or disability in a safe, nurturing environment. The money earned goes towards participating family living expenses, including Jack’s expenses, as well as education, advocacy and parent support systems.
It is with great sadness that the family of 15-year-old Jack Splitt announced his sudden passing on August 24, 2016. Jack was a bright, warm, vivacious spirit. He dealt with the challenges of severe cerebral palsy and severe dystonia with grace, a sense of humor and an infectious smile. Jack inspired all who knew him and he was the face of multiple Colorado legislative initiatives to allow medically fragile children to have safe access to cannabis medicine, particularly in schools. He is also the inspiration behind CannAbility Foundation, which was established to provide resources to families with sick children whose conditions are alleviated by whole plant cannabis medicine. He will be warmly remembered for his charming smile, his sense of humor, and his thirst for learning.
Jack on Pharms
Jack Before Using Cannabis
Jack Splitt was on a cocktail of pharmaceuticals, each one being used to counter another's side effects, with very little results.
Jack with Cannabis
Jack After Using Cannabis
After Jack starting using cannabis, he was able to life a much more comfortable and full life with almost no side effects and increased effectiveness.