POSTED: Sunday, August 5, 2012 - 3:00pm
UPDATED: Sunday, August 5, 2012 - 3:04pm
MISSOULA, MT — Four-year-old Cash Hyde's brain cancer is back a third time, but this battle will be different.
His parents have decided to fight it on their own terms: at home, with marijuana oil and an all-natural diet.
The Hydes have had their share of heartache and hospitals. Cash has gone through six rounds of high-dose chemotherapy, three bone marrow transplants, stem-cell rescue, he's done proton radiation. Doctors have asked his parents to shut off life support four times. Now his tumor is at 2.5 centimeters, and the prognosis isn't good.
Cash's laugh has persisted through more than two years of pain.
Mike Hyde, Cash's dad, said, "After he had his IV line placed and we came home, he said, 'no more pokes.' Cashy, you want any more pokes?"
"Nooo," Cash answered.
Hyde said the medical treatments have taken the family thousands of miles from home. "And put Cashy through more pain, torture and treatment than any kid should have to endure, and as a family, we decided for his third battle that we will stay right here in Missoula. We will fight it as a family, as a community with natural alternatives."
The Hydes have been going against Montana's medical marijuana repeal to give Cash a daily dose of cannabis oil through a feeding tube.
Even this "natural" treatment isn't cheap, especially since Montana repealed the medical marijuana law.
The Hydes are now struggling to find people willing to break the law and sell them the oil on Cash's behalf. The family believes the cannabis and a natural diet is Cash's only hope at recovery.
"We want Cashy forever. But we're not willing to put cashy through endless torture to keep him here for another month," Hyde said.
The Hydes are proponents of marijuana as medicine, and want to see the laws changed.
On Aug. 11, the Hydes are encouraging a worldwide candle vigil for Cash's recovery, beginning at 7:30 P-M.
Before they heard Cash's cancer was back, they planned a softball tournament in September for the Cash Hyde Foundation.
Without outside support, those plans are on hold as they want to focus their energy on Cash.