Funeral for 4-year-old medical marijuana cancer patient attracts hundreds
Updated On: Nov 19 2012 06:41:52 PM MST
He became the country's youngest medical marijuana recipient.
But much more than that, while his life inspired people, in death little Cash Hyde brought together a community.
Cash Hyde's pallbearers carried his tiny casket through St. Francis Xavier Church in Missoula early Monday morning.
His family said their "Cashy" changed the face of pediatric cancer and pioneered an alternative treatment.
He was an appealing public figure, and a unifying symbol.
"Isn't there something somebody wrote," reminded Father Rich Perry," about a child shall lead them. Cashy seemed to be that," said the priest.
Friends and family brought their children to the funeral.
Everything about the funeral mass came back to kids.
"Do not say I'm only a child," read Cash's father Mike Hyde, from scripture, "I shall know to whom I send you and you shall speak whatever I commend you. Do not be afraid, for I am with you."
"You knit me together in my mother's womb," read Cash's grandmother. Julie Hyde.
Cash's grandfather Jim Hyde's reading told parents that they may be comforted with the knowledge that their children dwell for eternity with God, their creator.
After the funeral mass, mourners spilled into the street on a sunny, brisk November day.
A police escort procession led the hearse carrying little Cash Hyde through Missoula for his final trip through his birthplace.
The family requests any donations be sent to the Cash Hyde Foundation at First Montana Bank in Missoula.