Remembering Jud Hindes’ cross-country ride for cancer research

  • Jud Hindes at the Massachusetts State House. Contributed photo

  • Jud Hindes on his 1971 cross-country ride around the United States. Contributed photo

  • Jud Hindes with a cake depicting his 5,400-mile route across the United States to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Contributed photo

For the Recorder
Published: 5/24/2021 9:36:45 AM

Wednesday marked the 50th anniversary of the completion of the 1971 “Jud Hindes Ride for Research for the American Cancer Society,” when the then-18-year-old completed his journey, riding from the Federal Street Greenfield Savings Bank, across the United States and back to the Massachusetts State House, to be welcomed home by Gov. Francis Sargent. The arrival marked the end of his 5,400-mile fundraising bicycle journey to raising funds and awareness for the Cancer Society.

Hindes was met in the morning at the West Roxbury Dunkin Donuts by two motorcycle policemen and Sheriff Thomas Eisenstadt, and escorted the final 10 miles by the small motorcade. One of the motorcycle police asked Hindes what speed to go, and Hindes boldly declared he would do 10 miles per hour, pushing his limits: the officer said that he would have trouble going so slow, while Hindes replied he would have trouble going so fast.

Greeting Hindes in the governor's office were Rev. Judson Stent and Harrison McCann, both teachers at Northfield Mount Hermon, where Hindes conceived and carried out the planning for the ride as a senior school project. Mrs. McCann and their two babies were also there.

One of the highlights was the giant cake in the shape of the United States, with a representation of Hindes’ route, from Franklin County to the Grand Canyon and back to Boston. It was created by the renowned Montilios Bakery of Quincy.

In planning the ride, Hindes collaborated with the head of the Greenfield office for the American Cancer Society, Louela Mushovic, for months ahead of the official departure from the Greenfield Savings Bank on Saturday, March 13. Her support and help were of great benefit during the adventure. Hindes carried a letter of introduction from her on his journey.

Due to a communications mix-up between the American Cancer Society and the governor's office, the only press in attendance at the arrival was the Greenfield Recorder, which had covered the story from the beginning.

In recognition of the anniversary, Hindes is asking that folks send in a donation in the name of the “Jud Hindes Ride for Research” to their local American Cancer Society branch. The original pledges were based on 1/10-cent per mile, or $5.40, and Hindes suggests that or some multiple thereof.

Hindes now resides in the warmth and waters of Homosassa, Florida. For more information, Hindes can be reached by email at jud2001@yahoo.com.


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