Lindsay and his mum Lanai Carter have to travel to America to treat Lindsay's brain tumour. Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily
Lindsay and his mum Lanai Carter have to travel to America to treat Lindsay's brain tumour. Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily Warren Lynam

Cannabis treatment helps teen fight for life

LINDSAY Carter will have about 80 Coast entrepreneurs gunning for a hole-in-one today, not just for the glory, but to help fund the 15-year-old's fight for life.

With Lindsay having a brain tumour about the size of a golf ball, he and his family have turned to radical cannabis treatment in the US in a bid to beat the silent killer.

The results have been promising for the family so far, with Lindsay experiencing some substantial reductions in the size of the tumour, however, the travel has come at a serious financial cost for the family.

"I'd say we've spent at least $65,000 so far in three trips to the US, that's including doctors, medicine, MRIs, accommodation, cost of living and transport," Lindsay's mother Lanai said yesterday.

Lindsay and his mum Lanai Carter have to travel to America to treat Lindsay's brain tumour. Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily
Lindsay and his mum Lanai Carter have to travel to America to treat Lindsay's brain tumour. Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily Warren Lynam

"His tumour actually shrank by almost half. It was 1mm off a half its size in the first seven weeks of treatment in the US and when we came back to Australia his tumour started to grow again, and it grew 4mm within seven weeks.

"We managed to keep it stable after the second trip back to the States and then the third trip back we've managed to get some further shrinkage of 3mm in five weeks.

"So we're fighting it a millimetre at a time."

Lindsay has had the tumour for three years.

The inspiring 15-year-old said community support was having a massive impact on his will to fight.

"It keeps me going," he said yesterday.

Lindsay said the cannabis treatment in the US worked for him, but he struggled to see why it couldn't be made accessible in Australia.

Chief operating officer of IBN Direct, Fiona Roberts, said the business was happy to organise the charity golf day to assist her long-time friend Lanai and her family as Lindsay battles the tumour.

She said they were hoping to raise $20,000 at the charity event at Pelican Waters today to go towards funding Lindsay's battle.

To donate head to www.ibndirect.com.



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