Mar 21, 2012 12:22 PM by Breanna Roy- KPAX News
MISSOULA - The parents of a Missoula three-year-old say, if they had listened to the doctors, their son would've died.
Today Cash Hyde, 3, is cancer-free for a second time and his parents say marijuana is his best medicine.
"Cashy went through 30 rounds of radiation without one nausea or pain medication besides medical cannabis," Cash's dad, Mike Hyde said.
When Mike and Kalli Hyde learned Cash's brain cancer returned in October, doctors told them he had a 30 percent chance of surviving five years. They said reoccurring brain tumors have a rare chance of shrinking, and at best, they could only stop it from metastasizing further.
They Hydes switched Cash to an all-vegan diet, alkaline-adjusted water and cannabis oil. The slowed the tumor's growth by 55 percent, buying them time to wait for proton radiation.
The radiation shrunk the tumor. Now it's gone, and Cash is returning to a normal life laughing with his older brother, Colten, and playing with Play-Doh. But it wasn't easy for the Hydes to get back to this normalcy.
"I've had to break state and federal laws just to keep Cashy alive," Mike Hyde said.
The Hydes don't look at cannabis oil the same way as some of Montana's lawmakers.
"I know that I'm not a criminal," Mike said. "I know that I saved my son's life, and if I have to go sit in jail for that, that's way better than a pediatric oncology floor."
Cash takes hydrocortisone and cannabis oil twice a day in his gastrostomy tube. It's a formula the Hydes say, works, even though they're going against doctors recommendations of different pharmaceutical drugs. Drugs that the Hydes believe have much worse side effects.
"Most cancer patients, especially second-time remission cancer patients, most of them are on liver and kidney transplant lists, waiting for new kidney or livers," Mike Hyde said. "Cashy's not; Cashy's playing with Plah-Doh."
Now the Hydes look forward to more family time: Cash will be a big brother in a couple months.
"You know we just live our life three months at a time," Kalli Hyde said. "His scans are every three months and we just continue with our protocol that we had him on and just hope and pray that the cancer doesn't come back again."
"Why is Cashy alive? Because he's blessed. Because he's pioneering a better way to fight cancer, I would say," Mike Hyde said.
The Hydes invite the community to celebrate Cash being cancer free for the second time at the Elbow Room at 1855 Stephens Avenue in Missoula on Friday, March 30 at 7 p.m. A raffle will benefit The Cash Hyde Foundation, which supports families fighting pediatric cancer.