John Carr is 83 and was diagnosed with aggressive stage 3 small cell lung cancer at the start of April this year.
Further testing saw him given a prognosis of three months to live at the start of May.
John had his first round of chemo before his daughter Danni took matters into her own hands.
New Brighton residents Danni Carr and partner Ash Grunwald say the shock of John’s diagnosis galvanised them into action. ‘As soon as we found out, we got our hands on all the cannabis oil we could,’ says Danni.
‘We read a lot of stuff about cannabis oil because we were told he basically had no hope and that chemo would give him only an extra six months to live.’
Danni says when John was first diagnosed in April, he was coughing all the time, short of breath and needed a lot of oxygen.
Not coughing, not using oxygen
‘Currently, he is not coughing, he’s not using the oxygen, he’s got colour in his face, he’s been really great.’
Danni says that John’s oncologist didn’t know much about cannabis oil but, after a recent examination, wants to find out more. He told John he wants to see him in a few months’ time. When John mentioned that his original diagnosis had him dead in a few months, the oncologist responded, ‘I don’t think so.’
John and wife Sue are currently towing their caravan up the east coast on a road trip to visit Danni and Ash.
Convinced of the benefits of CBD oil, Danni is hosting a screening of High As Mike, a movie about medical cannabis and Mike’s journey of discovery around Australia.
It also showcases the trials and tribulations of patients using and seeking to use medicinal cannabis.
Mike has a brain tumour. As such, Mike’s journey is very much a typical patient journey, looking for answers to life-and-death questions.
This special screening of High As Mike will be held at the Palace Cinemas Byron Bay on Monday July 22 at 7pm.
A portion of all tickets sold will be donated to Breast Cancer Network Australia.
To book a ticket, visit the Fan Force website.