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Buddy Check 12: Son plans 100 mile bike ride in mother's memory

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Cody Archie plan a 100 mile bicycle ride on May 29th in honor of his mother. Cody Archie plan a 100 mile bicycle ride on May 29th in honor of his mother.
Linda Thurmond spoke with Heartland News in May 2008 about raising money for Relay for Life. Linda Thurmond spoke with Heartland News in May 2008 about raising money for Relay for Life.
Linda with her twin sons and grandson. Linda with her twin sons and grandson.
Cody Archie wears his mother's Hero of Hope award. Cody Archie wears his mother's Hero of Hope award.
A garden in the middle of East Prairie was one of Linda's dreams. A garden in the middle of East Prairie was one of Linda's dreams.

By Christy Hendricks - email

EAST PRAIRIE, MO (KFVS) - Breast cancer has a profound effect on not only those diagnosed, but their families. A local son carries on the legacy his mother left behind.

Linda Thurmond of East Prairie spoke with Heartland News this time last year about her efforts to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

She lost her battle with cancer in September, but her son picks up the torch, planning a 100 mile bicycle ride in her memory.

"It was something close to my heart and I never did fulfill that dream for her and it actually weighed on me the day after she died and couldn't get over it," said Cody Archie. 

So Cody decided to fulfill his mother's wish to raise money for cancer research with a 100 mile bike ride to symbolize his mom's struggle with cancer.

"Riding 100 miles on a bike, if you're not a bike rider it's a very tough struggle, mentally, physically," he said. 

Cody is not an avid bike rider.

"I bought a bike about three months ago," he said. 

His goal is to raise $10,000.

"She always wanted to break $100,000 and we got close last year at $94,000," he said. "So I'm hoping my $10,000 would go over."

It's something his mother would be proud of, just as he's proud of his mother.

Before she died, she received the Hero of Hope award from the American Cancer Society that honors cancer patients.  Only 28 in the nation receive the award.

"It's a big honor," said Cody, wearing his mother's medal. "I hold it really close to my heart."

A garden between two buildings in downtown East Prairie has become a beating heart for the town.

"It was one of her wishes to have God's garden in the middle of town," Cody said. "Anybody have a problem, feeling uneasy, they can come up here and sit, and sit up here and look at everything."

Linda and her husband began the garden a month before she died.  He's continued her wish, caring for it every day.

It's her lasting message of hope Cody hopes will touch others when he rides in her honor later this month.

"That was one of our biggest things, to spread the word of what she wrote through her life is really what it was, cause we know she died for a reason," Cody said.

Cody Archie will begin his ride on Friday, May 29th at 9 a.m. at the Charleston High School.

He's still looking for sponsors or anyone to ride with him. Contact Cody at ridingformoms@yahoo.com or mail donations to "Riding For Moms" at P.O. Box 97 East Prairie, MO 63845.  Click here for a flyer.

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