Nov 15, 2012 10:07 AM by Dennis Bragg - MTN News

Community mourns death of 4-year old Missoula cancer victim

MISSOULA - Cash Hyde, the 4-year old whose difficult fight against cancer inspired many people in Missoula and across Montana, has lost his fight against the disease.

Community reactions have been pouring via social media tonight with news of the passing of "Cashy."

Cash was born in June 2008. He was only 20 months old when he was diagnosed with a Stage 4 brain tumor and was airlifted to Primary Children's Hospital in Seattle.

Thus began a long and difficult time for the boy and his parents, Michael and Kalli, as they went through numerous procedures and treatments over the following years, leading to the formation of the Cash Hyde Foundation and the building of an extensive group of supporters both in Montana and elsewhere.

Cash's battle also garnered attention due to his parents' use of cannabis in fighting the cancer.

Cash would eventually reach the stage of remission. Last spring it appeared he had bested the cancer for a second time, but the disease re-appeared in August.

The family would continue to try several alternative treatments, but on their Facebook page had reported Cash "wasn't feeling well" just last week.

The family appealed for prayers from their friends late Wednesday evening, before news spread of his passing shortly after 10 p.m.

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