John G. Hyde Memorial Ride for a Cure 2013 10/19/13
CBS 7 News
October 19, 2013
MIDLAND, TX-A very special event was held earlier today in memory of Judge John Hyde who lost his battle with cancer.
The American Legion Riders from post 119 held their 5th Annual Ride for a Cure event this morning at the CAF Hanger in Midland.
Kim Rhodes, the founder of the event, says there will be a ride every year until a cure is found.
Classic cars, motorcycles, and SUVís were just a few of the vehicles that rode in support of those battling cancer, and to honor Judge Hyde who fought a long battle against cancer.
Judge Hyde was the guest speaker for the first 3-years of Ride for a Cure.
Rhodes says Judge Hyde was the townís historian and a loving man who didnít let his battle with cancer stop him from supporting others in finding a cure.
"He was an encouragement, always out there even when he wasnít feeling well, out for our rides in 100 degree temperature, out there trooping and encouraging on everybody," said Rhodes.
Rhodes started this event after losing her mother to cancer in 2009, and says she along with the American Legion Riders of Post 119, will not give up on trying to find a cure.
"We know were going to find it because weíre going to keep riding until we canít ride anymore,Ē said Rhodes.
Janice Beaird and her husband came down all the way from Colorado City to show their support in this long battle against cancer.
"Itís just something everybody should support, we need to find a cure,Ē said Beaird.
In past years the event hasnít been as popular as the Legion and Rhodes would like it to be, but they hope that it will continue to grow in the coming years.
"Iíd like to see no empty tables until there is a cure found, and that we all are brothers and sisters, and weíre all out for the same reason, we donít want to lose any loved ones anymore,Ē said Rhodes.
Even though it wasnít as big as a turn out as they were hoping it would be, Rhodes says many people and organizations made generous donations, and all the proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society, Gift of hope Houses, and the Tall City American Legion Post 119.