Gold Coast terminal cancer victim invests in medicinal cannabis cliniccdaclinics
A GOLD Coast solo mum who has terminal lung cancer despite never having smoked in her life is throwing her weight – and cash – behind a $2 million medicinal cannabis crowd-funding campaign by two local doctors.
Kate Malvenan, 39, was left reeling when told she had only six to 24 months to live after being diagnosed with stage four lung cancer last September.
She began taking medicinal cannabis to ease her chronic pain, prescribed by Gold Coast-based Cannabis Doctors Australia.
The company was established last October by former hospital oncology specialist Dr Matua Jansen and his GP cousin Dr Ben Jansen, and now treats more than 700 patients, aged six to 96, at clinics on the Gold Coast, in Brisbane and Melbourne.
The company has just launched a $2 million crowd-funding campaign through PledgeMe to bankroll an expansion, including more clinics and doctors.
Ms Malvenan, who was the first person in Australia to be legally prescribed crystal CBD, said she was a “massive believer” in medicinal cannabis and had invested in the company.
“I feel amazing – I’ve never felt better or healthier,” she said.