Cancer survivor fulfills bucket list wish of helping homeless

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Five years ago, one Jessamine County man began his battle with cancer and a short time later he decided to make a bucket list.

After crossing a few family-related goals off the list, 53-year-old Larry McCoy turned his attention to helping the community.

Often times, the city's homeless population can be overlooked--even ignored. But it's this group of people who Larry McCoy wanted to help.

“The very first thing I do is look at your shoes and say I’ve never been in those, I’ll take you for what you’re worth,” McCoy told us on Sunday

McCoy says he knows all too well what it’s like to fall on tough times. “I had cancer five years ago and it came back about two years ago,” he said.

Soon after his diagnosis, Larry McCoy decided to make a list---a bucket list. “This was the first thing on my list; I wanted to try to feed as many homeless people as possible.”

And on Sunday, he did just that.

“It’s really great for the guys to have social fellowship and enjoy a regular barbeque,” said carey cairo, the Volunteer Manager at the Hope Center.

Sunday evening, McCoy set up shop at the Hope Center and cooked hundreds of hamburgers and hotdogs for the folks he refers to as ‘family.’

“There is nothing better to me than for people to connect than being family and cooking out together.”

Thankfully, McCoy is now in remission but he says the impact that cancer has had on his life is permanent.

“What I’ve learned with cancer is that some men want a Mercedes or a girl but God gave me cancer. To be honest with you it’s been a blessing, it’s opened my eyes.”

Opened his eyes and opened his arms to the group of people who rarely get the chance to enjoy a normal summer cookout surrounded by family.

Larry McCoy hopes to make the cookout at the Hope Center an annual event.

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