Cash Hyde Succumbs to Cancer, Family Says Medical Marijuana Extended His Life

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Cash Hyde, 2008-2012

Cash Hyde lived half of his life with a feeding tube surgically attached to his stomach. And about half of his life was spent in hospitals -- including a 49-day coma -- after a diagnosis with brain cancer. It was that cancer which claimed his life Wednesday night; he had beaten it twice, but after two full remissions, its third appearance was too much. He died in his father's arms at the family home in Missoula, Mont.


He was 4 years old.

He was first diagnosed with cancer at 20 months. He learned to walk and speak while terminally ill, and shortly before he died, informed his family that he had had enough. "No more pokes," said Cash, referring to the countless injections, blood drawings and other medical procedures that are a cancer patient's daily routine.
And while it was cancer that killed him, it was a 2011 change in Montana state law that denied him 73 days of access to the medicine that had kept him alive to that point. That medicine was cannabis, which Mike Hyde administered to his son at the risk of federal and state prison terms.

Cash's story had made national news, with outlets flying to Missoula to interview the family and film Cash taking his illegal "medicine." By the time of his death, it was estimated that he was Montana's youngest medical marijuana card-holder. Along with chemotherapy and radiation -- as well as brain surgery when he was 2 years old -- cannabis was a key component of his cancer treatment: the medical marijuana helped him sleep and helped him eat, Mike Hyde said. The situation was among the first highly publicized instances of a young child receiving relief from cannabis.

Cash died Wednesday shortly before 10 p.m., according to John Malanca, a Northern California resident who also owns a home in Montana and is authorized to speak on behalf of the Hyde family.

Authorities in Missoula have apologized for police's handling of the death -- apparently police and coroner's officials showed up to the house following a call to the boy's social worker from Mike Hyde, who has since posted on Facebook blasting police's "cocky" and "rude" behavior in "investigating" the boy's death.

But more at fault are the 2011 "revisions" to Montana's medical marijuana laws, Malanca said.

S.B. 423 reduced the amount of plants a qualified patient could possess to four, and the total amount of medicine allowed to 1 ounce. That meant that Mike Hyde was forced to cut down some of the plants he processed into oil and juiced raw to put into smoothies for his son. This, coupled with federal Justice Department raids on Missoula dispensaries, led to the Hydes being without a source of medical marijuana for their son for 73 days, Malanca said.

"It's like our mom giving us half a teaspoon of cough medicine when you're supposed to get a full tablespoon, in order to make it last," Malanca said Thursday.

Cancer-free as of June, Cash began to get sick again in July. It was the same tumor, which had been first found at 4.5 centimeters in length, a stage IV growth.

This time, the tumor "progressed really fast," Malanca said. Cash went trick-or-treating on Halloween for the very first time Oct. 31, dressing up as Buzz Lightyear, but by early this week, Cash seemed tired and out of energy. Then on Wednesday evening, his family posted a request for prayers on Facebook. Later that night, they posted again: "Rest in peace little man!"

The hope is that Cash's suffering and passing will highlight the medical benefits of the marijuana plant, and the absurdity of creating barriers to its access, Malanca said. After all, the plant brought relief to a young child whose only memories were of being terminally ill -- what, exactly, is the harm?

"It extended his life. He had literally beaten cancer two times," Malanca said. "The little boy brought so much love to this world and brought so many people together. He educated people."

Cards can be sent to the Hyde family via United Patients Group, 336 Bon Air Center #361, Greenbrae, CA, 94904. Donations can be made at CashHydeFoundation.com.

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thenemo1
thenemo1

I cry in my heart when i read this; understanding what it's like tobe in chronic pain 24/7 with and from  Rx"s that have dangerous effects and areineffective for chronic pain and harmful on people's organs etc.Medical  Marijuana should be legal in all states.It makes me sick to know that in my country the U.S.A. largepharmaceutical corporations have for over 30 years been allowed topromote and sell via prescriptions medications that do as much harm ormore then they do any good all for the sake of greed and profit.

jose
jose

Neither cops, nor doctors, nor god, nor you, killed that child.  But the parents would have you believe that the world has conspired against them simply because they used pot for the child.  Sad this media doesn't offer all the facts.  Childhood brain cancers are tragic and the parents knew that from the beginning.  But, rather than face reality, they went on a campaign to blame everyone but themselves for something they always had access to.   Newsflash for the parents and others who think pot cures cancer:  It doesn't.  Cancer kills people, not legislators, not states, not cops, etc etc .  They're spreading misinformation, lies and insults about the cops with statements such as "MT legislatures killed our Cashy!".  Attention-whores much?

merlin
merlin

I would like to hear directly from Cashy's parents whether or not there was a shortage of medicine for Cashy.

thenemo1
thenemo1

Knowing there is a harmless treatment using a natural substance without side effect is a crime to humanity especially even poor people can grow their own cure cannabis not chemotherapy.

zamanjahromi
zamanjahromi

 It is for our children that we must continue to fight for our civil rights. Civil rights as in personal health care decisions must be our own. Disrespect of this noble family after their son's death by authorities should not be tolerated.

MikeParent
MikeParent

I hope the rump swab that made the decision to enforce the law that deprived Cash of the one chance he had for survival never has another good day. 

knowa1
knowa1

A shame on the Canadian Government  for it unwillingness to at least studying Rick Simpsons Hemp oil recipe  the video "Run From the Cure" should be watch buy all. In stead he was forced into exile.

SoulRebel
SoulRebel

Cash Hyde Memorial Vigil - National (EVEYWHERE)

On Saturday, November 24, no matter where you are or what you are doing - please take a sign and hold it in public and stand for Cashy. Bring your family.....make it an event of Thankfulness for the message from such a small sweet boy and the brave family who bore him. Print his picture - pick your favorite from the many online. Write these words: Senate Bill 423 in Montana killed Cash Michael Hyde. Please - stop killing patients. Call the Montana Governor at 406-444-3111 and whatever other message you see fit.  

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/387730101305647?full&refid=54

cannabiscancerprojec
cannabiscancerprojec

The State of Montana should be charged with murder in the death of Cash Hyde for the are the ones responsible in limiting Cash`s supply of this oil. Here in Michigan we have seen over 15 cases of cancer including brain cancer put into remission with the sole use of cannabis oil and we have also seen cancer patients die because there supply of cannabis oil got interrupted. This is a Sad time to live in America when our own government will murder our children 

trichometrist
trichometrist

The saddest story , Cash Hyde touched millions .RIP 

 

senator_noc
senator_noc

@jose  

I think you are entitled to your opinion, and have the right to have the opinion that you do. But you are missing the point that the Hyde family's civil liberties may have been violated. They weren't totally given the option to treat their son the way they believed benefited Cash. Holistic medicine has cured disease, i.e. citrus fruit curing scurvy. Physicians disagree about treatments all the time. If the Hyde family took the necessary precautions and took Cash to chemotherapy and seen a licensed physician about Cash's, and believed that medicinal marijuana assisted along with this treatment and a physician signed off on it, why is it anyone else's concern? Cash may have still have regained his tumor and died, but all signs show that the slushies were effective.Where I do find fault with the family is, if the slushy did work, Montana isn't the only state with medical marijuana dispensaries. I would have went to Oregon or Washington and got that shit for my kid. And by the way I don't smoke and had a close uncle succumb to drug complications, yet I will never buy the propaganda spewed against a plant that has great industrial use like hemp. Or have a racist component attached to it's illegality like marijuana (check Harry Anslinger 1937 comments). Especially when Hemp was a major industry during WWII.

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