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Las Vegas dispensary takes strides, or 'sprints,' in cancer funding through Relay For Life

Posted at 6:21 PM, Aug 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-08 23:17:08-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Sanctuary is the first dispensary to take part in Southern Nevada’s Relay For Life.

This can be a game-changer in the lives of millions, who after hearing the devastating news of a cancer diagnosis have to then think about how they are going to pay for it.

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It all started when Dr. Pejman Bady, a local family doctor and co-founder of The Sanctuary, learned his mother was diagnosed with Stage 4 ovarian cancer. She was given six months to live but survived for another six years. Dr. Bady credits this to medical cannabis.

"I sat on a board of doctors and I was the one who told our partners that we will never use this. I was that guy until I saw it," said Dr. Bady.

The American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute say research shows marijuana can help cancer patients or patients with serious illness by reducing nausea and pain. They also say CBD can help people suffering from seizures.

It’s important to note both organizations acknowledge potential harmful side effects and you should always talk with your doctor for recommended treatment.

"We’ve had all kinds of stories," Dr. Bady told us. "Some are not so successful but as a whole, it’s been such an amazing opening in this realm. Cancer patients who are able to have less pain and be able to function better throughout their lives, while they’re alive."

Since cannabis use has historically been taboo and considered unconventional medicine, The Sanctuary wishes to break down those barriers.

"I know that anyone that is listening to this right now has had some sort of interaction with cancer," Dr. Bady said. "Imagine having the opportunity to get better from cancer, or from anything, but cancer in this particular case and you’re not able to because you can’t afford it. How fair is that?"

The Sanctuary plans to match all donations they get.

Relay For Life of Southern Nevada is taking place on Sept. 18 at the Rio hotel-casino. You can find more information on how to donate or sign up for the relay here. You can find the Sanctuary's page here.

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