TAMPA, Florida- Dahlia Barnhart is a two-year-old with an infectious laugh who loves to dance.
"I have never met a child as loving or as sweet," says Dahlia's mother Moriah Barnhart.
But earlier this year, this Tampa toddler was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer. After emergency surgeries to remove the tumor and reduce pressure on the brain, Dahlia's recovery is just beginning with multiple rounds of chemo. She'll be eligible for radiation when she turns three.
"A good day for us is a horrifying day for most people," said Barnhart. "Her pain, and her nausea and hearing her cry...there are just no words to describe."
That's why last month Dahlia's mom started researching an unconventional, currently illegal alternate treatment-- medical marijuana.
"It's a plant that cures," says Barnhart. "I want doctors to be able to take that plant and utilize it to benefit my daughter."
Barnhart admits even she dismissed the idea at first.
"There is probably nothing anyone could have said or done four-and-a-half moths ago, to convince me. That's why I made a video [about our experience] because if you question where I'm at now, please see where I've been.
Barnhart knows marijuana isn't a cure, but does believe it could reduce side effects: the seizures, extreme pain and nausea. She's taking her case to lawmakers on Facebook and YouTube in hopes of changing federal laws allowing for research into benefits she believes could help Dahlia live.
"I want my daughter to wake up and remember what it's like to want to be here," said Barnhart. "She's 2 years old. She should wake up every day excited that she's alive."
Moriah Barnhart has created a petition on the White House website hoping to convince the President to take potential action.
Dahlia's story on YouTube (30 minute overview)
Dahlia's Facebook page
Dahlia's Law Facebook page
Follow 10 News Reporter Beau Zimmer on twitter @Zimm10
You may also like...
Prostitute Mug Shots: Arrests in nationwide sex trafficking sting
Bra Shaking: Police investigated for making woman shake her bra
Controversial Club: College student forms "White Student Union"
4 H8TERZ: Florida's rejected license plates
A real saint: "Mystery priest" comes forward
Beating Death: Man dies after dispute over 75 cents
Hot robber: Pretty female robber wrestles giant clerk, wins
Message in a Bottle: Beachcomber finds man's ashes in bottle
Animal Cruelty: Man accused of killing, cooking family dog
Hooters Hotties: Beautiful women compete in 2013 Hooters swimsuit competition
Teen Lesbian Support: Online support grows 18-year-old girl who had same-sex relationship with 15-year-old
Prostitute Roundup: 92 arrested in online sex sting
Yellow light bust: Florida shortens yellow lights to cause more red light tickets
Hottie Internet Convict: Woman behind mug shot meme sets the record straight
Homebrew Soda: Man claims to find Coca-Cola recipe, sells it on eBay
Waterspouts: Video, images show waterspouts coming ashore
Motorcycles and bikinis: Bikini bike wash!
Faces of Meth: Before and After pictures
When neigh means neigh: Video shows man brutalizing, having sex with horse
Sex blog: Tampa area school CFO busted over her dirty sex porn blog *warning, GRAPHIC*
Nasty Nasty Dining: 10 of the nastiest restaurants in Tampa Bay in 2012
APP-tastic: Download the 10 News app for your iPad
Bikinis, mud, trucks: The Redneck Yacht Club
Outrageous mug shot galleries...
Strange: Some of the most unusual mug shots we've seen
Notorious Women: Bad girls behind bars
Teachers: Teacher arrest mugshots
Prostitutes: Prostitute mug shots
Porn arrests: Child porn arrest mug shots
Local Mugs: Hillsborough County Mug shots
More unusual mug shots and galleries: 10 News slideshows and galleries
Beau Zimmer, 10 News