On August 15, Hyde School graduate John (JT) Thoms and his father Ethan arrived at the Hyde Woodstock campus for one final stop in a cross-country bicycle ride to fight Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
The two began their trek in Astoria, Oregon, where 4,500 miles stood between them and their final destination of East Matunuck State Beach, Rhode Island. After 69 days of riding and of sleeping in churches and city parks, students, staff, and faculty at Hyde-Woodstock gathered to send the Thoms off on the last leg of a long journey.
“This is our last day after 4,300 miles of mountains, canyons, rivers, snow, hail…trucks that blow smoke at you,” said Ethan to the Hyde community. And though the two met their share of obstacles—“Anything that you could imagine could possibly go wrong with a bicycle, has gone wrong” (JT Thoms)—they remained determined to accomplish their ultimate goal, not just to ride across the country, but also to raise $10,000 for the MS Society.
They are within $1,000 of reaching that goal.
Coincidentally, the last stop on their trip was also, in a sense, the first one. “We first came to Hyde 5 years ago, and it was a pretty humbling experience,” said Ethan. “One of the things I learned was that you can help others and you can teach others a lot by doing stuff yourself, not being selfish but just achieving your dreams and chasing your dreams.”
One of Ethan’s dreams was to cycle across the country, and since he and his family have been raising money for the MS Society for years, the Thoms decided to “do some good” on this father-son adventure.
The Hyde community thanks and congratulates Ethan and JT for the great example they have set with the “Coast 2 Toast” tour. To join the fight against MS, visit JT’s website and show your support.