Missoula was a city draped in sadness Monday  morning, as grieving parents, family and friends paid tribute to 4 year-old Cash Hyde, who lost his battle with cancer last Wednesday evening.

A funeral service was held at St. Francis Xavier Church, followed by a procession escorted by Missoula Police. Below, please find a tribute published on the Cash Hyde Foundation Facebook page.

Cash “Cashy” Michael Hyde, 4 years old, passed away after a two and a half year battle with brain cancer, in the loving arms of his parents, surrounded by family and friends on November 14, 2012 at 9:55 PM. Cashy endured more pain and suffering than any child should ever have to go through, but he always did it with a smile on his face.

Cashy changed the face of pediatric cancer and pioneered a new way of alternative cancer treatment around the world. He taught everybody the meaning of love and that miracles do happen when everyone unites for a common goal.

Cashy loved taking trips to walmart for cars, play-doh, and markers and his latest obsession was driving in the van to the gas station for a “bug juice”, which he didn’t even drink. He loved cheese sammys, cheerios and milk, Bandaids, stickers, his dogs Irey and Muffy and of course the movies Cars, Bolt and Toy Story. We went on many memorable family trips. His Make a Wish trip to Disney World in 2011, many trips to Salt Lake City, numerous trips in California such as the San Diego Zoo, strolling on the pier in Santa Monica, while we were making the best of our time undergoing radiation treatments in Loma Linda. Our last big road trip to San Francisco for Cashy’s 4th birthday was to donate twenty reggae runners to the local children’s hospitals. Cashy test drove and gave his stamp of approval to each runner that we donated.

Cashy was born in Missoula, Montana on June 21st, 2008 to Mike and Kalli Hyde. He was a little brother to Colten John and an amazing big brother to Catherine Joy, his baby sis. Cashy is survived by parents Michael and Kalli, siblings Colten and Catherine, grandparents Jim and Julie Hyde, Vickie Wilson and Kevin McCarthy; great grandparents Catherine and Jim Hyde, and Marilyn McCarthy; uncles Domonic, Joe, Grady, Sam, Pat, Dan, Casey, Troy and Jake; aunts Jenny, Janess, Lyndsey, Michele, Sarah, Brittney and Ashly; as well as the many other loving greats aunts and uncles, cousins, dear friends, and fans all around the world.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Cash Hyde Foundation at www.cashhydefoundation.com, or at First Montana Bank of Missoula, so that we can continue to help other families that are battling this horrific disease with their children.