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The Faces of Right-to-Try: Mikaela Knapp

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The Faces of Right-to-Try: Mikaela Knapp

05.15.18 12:29 PM

High school sweethearts Keith and Mikaela Knapp’s blog is still up, even though it hasn’t been updated for several years.*The final post, from April 2014, features two photos of Mikaela. “I hope you enjoy these final pictures of Mikaela’s unfailing positivity,” Keith wrote. “These were taken just a few days ago, with Mikaela making funny faces while wearing her friend’s glasses.” In the photos, Mikaela sports a goofy grin and bright eyes that don’t seem to fit with her shaved head, gaunt cheeks and hospital gown. Her cheerful demeanor doesn’t fit with the news Keith shared in the post either—that the couple’s efforts to convince a drug company to allow them access to experimental treatments had been unsuccessful, and that Mikaela was now in hospice. A day after Keith wrote the post, Mikaela passed away. The story might have had a happier ending if outdated regulations and miles of red tape hadn’t kept Mikaela from getting treatment. Not So “Compassionate Use” Keith and Mikaela both grew up in Northern California. The two met in high school and married shortly after they graduated college. But just two years later, Mikaela was*diagnosed with an extremely rare form of kidney cancer. By the […]

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