Bill Jenkins Fundraiser for Medical Expenses
Organized by: Jessica Jenkins
So Long and Farewell
March 22, 2016
In April of 2014 Bill Jenkins was diagnosed with liver cancer...
Although he was initially on a transplant list, he was dropped because of the number and size of tumors he had. He received 3 chemoembolizations and a dose of oral chemotherapy, but responded harshly to the treatment. In December of 2014 the doctors gave him 18 months to live and recommended hospice care.
In May of 2015, with chemo being the only conventional medical option available to him, he began seeking alternatives. Since that time, he's gifted us with many new paintings, practices daily meditation and prayer, eats a healthy organic diet, and receives acupuncture for pain when the budget allows.
Currently when he goes for checkups, the doctors are amazed at how well he’s doing. On his last visit, his doctor said that if he'd run into him on the street, he'd never have suspected stage 4 cancer.
In the last year-and-a-half, he has witnessed milestone events such as the birth of his first grandchild, the marriage of his only son, and the death of his own mother. These events have been invaluable to his personal growth and awareness. Please help us support him in his efforts to continue his life journey to the greatest extent of his abilities.
Recently one of his doctors recommended cannabis oil treatments. Widely respected organizations such as the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and American Cancer Society have openly acknowledged the protective and anti-tumor properties of cannabis in clinical trials. In a 2yr pre-clinical trial cited by NCI, cannabinoids killed cancer cells and caused a significant reduction in hepatic adenoma tumors (the same type of liver tumors my father has). Please see below for more info and links.
He started canabis oil treatment 3 months ago and remarkably, liver spots that he's had all over his face and feet for the last 4 years have begun disappearing. A recent CT scan revealed an area of possible regeneration on his liver, however, it's too soon to know for sure. The treatment will continue for 6 more months to a year. The estimated cost of the treatment is as much as $1200 per month.
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP = SIMPLE MATH
Mother's income (after taxes): $2,400
Father's income (social Security): $ 688
Monthly bills (Denver rent is half this expense): $2,200
Cannabis Oil Treatment: $1,200
Groceries and gas: $ 600
2014 $ 463
2016 (New year, new deductable) $5,000
WHAT WE'RE RAISING MONEY FOR
Previous 3 months of cannabis oil treatment $3,600
For remaining 9 months of cannabis oil treatment $7,200
Accumulated and anticipated medical expenses $11,600
PLEASE HELP US RAISE $20,000 + FOR MEDICAL EXPENSES AND TREATMENT
National Cancer Institute / Cancer.gov:
Laboratory/Animal/Preclinical Studies - Antitumor Effects
One study in mice and rats suggested that cannabinoids may have a protective effect against the development of certain types of tumors. During this 2-year study, groups of mice and rats were given various doses of THC by gavage. A dose-related decrease in the incidence of hepatic adenoma tumors and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) was observed in the mice. Decreased incidences of benign tumors (polyps and adenomas) in otherorgans (mammary gland, uterus, pituitary, testis, and pancreas) were also noted in the rats. In another study, delta-9-THC, delta-8-THC, and cannabinol were found to inhibit the growth of Lewis lung adenocarcinoma cells in vitro and in vivo . In addition, other tumors have been shown to be sensitive to cannabinoid-induced growth inhibition.[5-8]
American Cancer Society:
More recently, scientists reported that THC and other cannabinoids such as CBD slow growth and/or cause death in certain types of cancer cells growing in laboratory dishes. Some animal studies also suggest certain cannabinoids may slow growth and reduce spread of some forms of cancer.
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