LA CANADA-FLINTRIDGE ( — A mother is pleading for the public’s help in finding her late son’s CIF championship ring.

Shelley Buck said her son, 23-year-old Ryder, was a musician who battled and beat testicular cancer.

During his chemotherapy treatments, he had his guitar and his 2007 CIF championship water polo ring he won while at La Canada High School.

“It represented a time in his life when he was his strongest. It was his greatest accomplishment,” Buck said. “He never took it off once he went into the hospital. If he had to have it off, it was on his keychain. It was always with him.”

On Oct. 27, two cars hit and killed Ryder while he was walking on the 2 Freeway in Glendale after his car suffered two flat tires.

While his belongings were returned to his family, the ring hasn’t been found. In an effort to find it, Buck has retraced her son’s steps over and over again.

“The freeway, the ambulance, the cars, everything, everything has been covered,” she said.

Buck said she doesn’t want the one thing that kept her son going to be lost forever.

“If rings carry the spirit of the person then my son is there and his struggles are there. I would hope that someone would want that to be a part of our family,” she said.

Buck is offering a reward to anyone who returns the ring.


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