Singer, actor and cannabis campaigner Olivia Newton-John has launched a foundation to fund “kinder” cancer treatments including medicinal cannabis.
The new foundation will “fund the discovery of kinder therapies and advocate for more effective ways to prevent, treat and cure all cancers,” and aims to help fellow cancer sufferers.
Newton-John, 72, is battling stage four metastatic breast cancer and has found medicinal cannabis to be one of the most effective therapies.
“I have seen the incredible beauty of the plants and their healing abilities. If I hadn’t had that experience, I wouldn’t be sitting here talking to you about kinder therapies. Your body wants to heal itself,” said Newton-John in a video on the new ONJ Foundation website.
Newton-John was diagnosed with cancer in 2017 and twice before in 1992 and 2013, and has spent years lobbying the Australian government to approve the use of medicinal cannabis for cancer patients.
In January of this year, she received the news that her tumours were shrinking.
“My tumours are receding or they’re going away or they’re staying the same, on a stage four metastatic breast cancer — that’s pretty amazing,” she said.