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Nov 15, 2012 10:59 PM by Jill Valley - KPAX News

Cash Hyde's dad recalls son's last days

MISSOULA - Most of his life was spent fighting for his life.

But on Wednesday night, Cash Hyde, the four-year-old Missoula boy who so many loved, passed away peacefully in his father's arms.

Although cancer may have taken his life, as Jill Valley found out, Cash died on his own terms.

"When he let go, it was very peaceful. And I felt him...and I felt everything that he was go into me, and then my heart sped up, and he was gone," Cash's dad Mike Hyde recalled.

Just two weeks ago, Cash rode his bike down the street on Halloween. But something changed, and in the last two days his parents noticed him getting tired and rundown. They knew, their boy was losing his fight with brain cancer.

"And yesterday we gave Cashy back to God, and he passed away in my arms on the couch right there," Mike said.

The Hyde's fought hard for their child with conventional treatments, as well as unconventional ones, like marijuana oil and nutrition. Cash was one of the youngest medical marijuana card holders in the nation.

When the cancer came back for a third time, his parents promised him- no more pokes.

"I didn't want to let him go," Mike said. "But [at] the same time, you gotta do what's right, and Cashy fought a hard battle."

"And last night he chose to pass away on his own terms," Mike continued. "I can't be mad at that. He showed us all so much love. That's why the foundation's slogan is ‘believe in one love.'

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