Today marks one year since Cash “Cashy” Hyde, one of the nation’s first child medical marijuana users, succumbed to terminal brain cancer. United Patients Group takes a look at how things have changed since his passing.
When 4-year-old brain cancer patient Cash “Cashy” Hyde passed away last year, it was unheard of for children to use medical marijuana. His parents were some of the first to put their child on this alternative cancer treatment, and while many more have been inspired by Cashy’s story, United Patients Group says they still face the same hurdles that the Hydes did a year ago.
“Cash and his family are truly the pioneers of using medical cannabis for children,” said John Malanca, founder and owner of United Patients Group. “They laid the groundwork for other families to consider alternative medicine by being very vocal about their story and educating the public about their successes and struggles, but there’s still so much that we need to do.”
Cash famously made headlines when his father, Mike Hyde, added son’s feeding tubes without doctor’s approval and saw significant improvement almost instantly. On this regimen, Cash’s cancer went into remission twice, but a federal crackdown in Montana left the Hydes without access to the oil they needed to keep Cash alive.
“We learned a lot during Cashy’s battle,” said Mike. “We learned that the healing properties of cannabis are worlds beyond what anyone could have imagined. We learned that the one medication that made Cashy a comfortable and happy toddler again wasn’t something cooked up by a big pharmaceutical company. We also learned that it’s going to be a long, passionate fight involving a lot of people to change the outdated beliefs and laws regulating cannabis in this country.”
Since Cash’s passing, there have been many more stories of parents from all over the U.S. fighting for the right to treat their child with medical cannabis. Some are positive, like that of 3-year-old Charlotte Figi in Colorado who has a special high-CBD strain grown for her to treat her Dravet’s syndrome, and whose success was one of the reasons Dr. Sanjay Gupta changed his stance on marijuana as medicine.
But most stories are negative. They illustrate the struggle of obtaining cannabis for children and the social stigma still surrounding the entire idea.
Take Sierra Riddle, the Colorado mom of 3-year-old cancer patient Landon, who was visited by social services after Landon’s doctor reported her for switching her son from chemotherapy to a more natural and effective cannabis treatment regimen. She was forced to put young Landon back on a myriad of medications that made him violently ill, uncomfortable and unrecognizable.
It is stories like these that United Patients Group shows how far the nation still has to go on the path of accepting marijuana for children.
For now, the Hydes continue to generate awareness about this topic by sharing their story and educating people across the country. They have also established the Cash Hyde Foundation to help give back to children’s hospitals nationwide and “fight cancer with smiles.” In fighting cancer with these smiles, and in the name of Cash “Cashy” Michael Hyde, the Hydes donate customized Little Tikes cars nationwide, known as Reggae Runners, which are equipped with IV poles which allow hospitalized children to freely roam beyond the walls of a pediatric ward.
To join the fight, visit http://www.CashHydeFoundation.com.