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Off-roading for charity: Cody's Ride comes to Cal City

Off-roading charity event on Saturday includes several supporters from California City
Posted at 10:15 PM, Mar 21, 2024

CALIFORNIA CITY, Calif. (KERO) — Loyd Waters and his wife, Paige, prep for the 16th annual Cody's Ride in the desert just outside of California City.

  • For information on The Cody Waters Foundation, click here.
  • 23ABC's Steve Virgen takes a ride on a side-by-side for a portion of the 30-mile Cody's Ride.
  • Cody Waters died in 2009 from brain cancer. Now his family has put together

BROADCAST TRANSCRIPT:

An off-roading community gathers in the desert near California City each year... to remember and honor a young man who died from brain cancer 15 years ago.

I'm Steve Virgen, your neighborhood reporter...

Cody Waters and his family visited Cal City in 2008... That's when he started showing signs of brain cancer.

He passed away in 2009…

Event volunteer Frank DePina took me on a practice run, a portion of Cody’s 30-mile Ride. It was a lot of fun and a glimpse of what Cody would want in his honor.

Neighborhood News Reporter Steve Virgen going on a practice run with event volunteer Frank DePina in California City
Neighborhood News Reporter Steve Virgen going on a practice run with event volunteer Frank DePina in California City

The event raises money for families and loved ones who battle deadly diseases. Cody’s father, Loyd, and his wife, Paige, say they expect nearly 500 people for the event on Saturday.

“A little on the shy, quiet side. But he was athletic. He played baseball, football, and basketball and of course, he rode a motorcycle. We were out here quite often. He had a dirt bike that he rode," Loyd Waters, Cody Waters Foundation president, said of his late son, Cody.

Steve interviewing Cody's Father Loyd, and his wife, Page about the event. They say they expect nearly 500 people to show up.
Steve interviewing Cody's Father Loyd, and his wife, Page about the event. They say they expect nearly 500 people to show up.

Loyd worked in law enforcement in Inglewood and now lives in Orange County with his wife, Paige.

They say they are grateful for the Cal City community, including the VFW, one of several supporters of this ride.

Paige said she did not get to meet Cody but she sees his impact during events like Cody’s Ride.

“This is all possible because of all the people who come out and support us year after year. And, we’ve grown each year a little bit and it’s just been heartwarming,” said the Cody Waters Foundation event coordinator.


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