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ECHO Family Spotlight: Meet Lily Ann Baker and Her Mom

Oct 27, 2020 ECHO Family Spotlight: Meet Lily Ann Baker and Her Mom

At the heart of Kannaway is our drive to support the health and happiness of people around the world through the access of cannabinoids and hemp. It’s because of this mission that we are proud to partner with ECHO, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families in need through donations of hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) products and financial support.

ECHO makes a powerful impact on the lives of more than 150 families across the globe. In our ECHO Family Spotlight campaigns, we hope to bring your attention to one family each month, so you can hear their inspiring story and learn how their lives are made better through ECHO.

This month, we’d like to introduce you to six-year-old Lily Ann Baker and her mother, Cassandra Stephan. Lily Ann and her family are among the first families to be supported by ECHO, and their story continues to inspire us.

Get to Know Lily Ann and Her Mother, Cassandra

You wouldn’t be able to guess from her unwavering, upbeat spirit and frequent giggles today, but six-year-old Lily Ann Baker had a challenging start to her young life. As an infant, she experienced a severe brain injury that forced doctors to put her in a medically-induced coma for two weeks. Upon waking, Lily Ann continued to face issues that made most days difficult for her and her mother, Cassandra.

Happily, things have since improved for Lily Ann and Cassandra, significantly. If you ask Cassandra about her family’s day-to-day routine these days, she’s quick to share that they are like any other family. Upon waking in the morning, Lily Ann receives her medications, has her breakfast, and then heads to school. Following her school day, she participates in daily therapies before returning home to spend family time with her mom and her siblings. And throughout it all, Lily Ann expresses a cheery, joyful disposition.

“Oh, she’s a very talkative one,” Cassandra shares. “Even her teachers say… they like to say that she reminds them of a Cabbage Patch Doll because of how happy and bubbly she is.”

Swinging is one of Lily Ann's favorite activities. She also loves swimming with the help of her family. Cassandra says that, for Lily Ann, it's the feeling of getting in the water, because she also expresses the same joy for bath time.

“If it has to do with water, she’s happy,” Cassandra says.

Lily Ann, who turns seven in December, also loves music and bright lights. She enjoys rolling around on her own, and shows her love for her family members by reaching out and patting them.

In her hometown of Dundalk, Maryland, Lily Ann is well-known. Her inspiring story has been covered countless times by local and national media.

“Where we’re from, everybody likes to consider her as a superstar,” says Cassandra. “When we go to the store, it’s, ‘Oh look, there’s the superstar!’”

Lily Ann and Cassandra have received support from ECHO for over five years now. Cassandra started giving Lily Ann cannabinoid products to naturally support her health and wellness very early on, prior to hemp-derived compounds being so widely understood. She’s now driven to help other families by sharing Lily Ann’s positive experiences with CBD.

“Letting other families hear Lily’s story, and then wanting to try it for themselves, it really, it really warms me because a lot of people wouldn’t think of even trying something like this. … It gives them hope,” she says.

Supporting Families Like Lily Ann’s

The entire Kannaway team continues to be humbled by Lily Ann and Cassandra’s perseverance and we feel privileged to have gotten to know them. We are proud to support them and families like them through our partnership with ECHO.

At the heart of ECHO is its sponsorship program, which through the beneficial properties of CBD and financial assistance directly improves the lives of families. ECHO has already delivered CBD products and financial support to more than 150 families, largely through donations from the generous Kannaway community.

Through ECHO, Lily Ann receives both financial support and sponsored hemp CBD oil products to support her quality of life and encourage overall wellness.

“With ECHO, you guys have helped me so much,” shares Cassandra. “Because of just, well, having Lily’s needs and every other financial issue, because you guys really care about us.”

We hope hearing Lily Ann’s story will encourage you to consider helping families like hers by supporting ECHO with a donation.

There are two ways to make a gift to ECHO and directly support families like Lily Ann’s:

  1. Add a Click to Care donation to your Kannaway cart as you make your next Kannaway purchase. Through your Kannaway back office, you can also make a powerful impact in families lives by adding a recurring Click to Care contribution to ECHO through your SmartShip.
  2. Make a one-time or recurring donation directly through the ECHO website.

ECHO is only able to make such a positive difference in the lives of so many families because of contributions from people like you. With your donation, you will be an integral part of ECHO's mission of supporting families like Lily Ann and Cassandra during a time of need.

As we wrap up this month’s ECHO Family Spotlight, we at Kannaway would like to thank families like Lily Ann and Cassandra for reminding us of why we do what we do each day. We’d also like to express our gratitude to everyone who supports the efforts of ECHO to positively impact the lives of people around the world.

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