Navy Veteran gets one last motorcycle ride

Published: Aug. 27, 2017 at 11:23 PM MDT
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Jim Bryant and his wife love riding motorcycles. But they haven't done that in more than a year.

"Riding is the biggest thing for me, I've been riding for 37 years now," Bryant said.

Last summer, Brant was diagnosed with stage four cancer. He commuted from Elko to Twin Falls for treatment at first and ultimately moved to be closer to the hospital. But last month he decided to go on hospice.

"The cancer treatments, chemo, wasn't doing anything for me," Bryant said.

When his hospice liaison found out of his love for riding, he decided he wanted to give him the chance to ride again.

"I think it's just a great opportunity for him to enjoy something he hasn't been able to enjoy for a while now," said Toma Bartlett, the hospice liaison.

Bartlett is a member of the Snake River Bros. With a little planning he gathered riders in the group and from other groups around the Magic Valley to join Bryant for one last ride.

Riders and hospice caretakers met in Jerome on Sunday for the ride. Bryant's best friend flew in from Florida to ride with him.

Before the ride started they presented Bryant, a Navy Veteran, with a Navy flag signed by all the riders.

"This is probably my last ride," Bryant said. "Thank you to my wife, to my friends, to everyone for doing this and being out there."