Cookout for homeless part of a cancer survivor's bucket list

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A central Kentucky man is touching the hearts of those around him all while crossing a few things off his bucket list.

Larry McCoy of Wilmore has battled cancer for five years, but now he's using his struggle as a chance to do something extraordinary and help his community at the same time.

Larry McCoy, 53, of Wilmore is a lot of things, including a husband, a father, and a construction worker. More recently he became a cancer survivor. And he says the wonderful people in his life are responsible for getting him through. His cancer is now in remission, but his five-year battle has been tough.

"Dr. Ray called me up and said, 'Larry, I've got bad news,'" said Larry McCoy. "He said, 'You have prostate cancer,' and it really didn't sink in at first."

Not knowing how long he had to live, McCoy says he made a promise to God that he just wanted a few things. So he did what some people do and made a bucket list.

"I wanted to see my son graduate, and I got to do that," said McCoy. "Then I wanted to see my daughter graduate, and I got to do that."

First thinking of his family, McCoy's focus now is on his community. And this Sunday, he'll have a chance to check another goal off his bucket list at the Hope Center in Lexington. That's where McCoy will feed around 500 homeless people at a cookout.

"One of the things I've always wanted to do was feed as many of the homeless as I can," said McCoy.

It may seem like a random goal for a bucket list, but he volunteers at the Hope Center. And McCoy says he's doing it because he wants to share a sense of family with those who don't have one.

"I wanted a way where they didn't have to think about the street," said McCoy.

McCoy's road to recovery led him to the recovery center. And because hope got him through, he believes it can do the same for those at the Hope Center.

"The world needs hope, and it's really hard to get these days," said McCoy. "And I'm just a poor guy, and I just love people."

And he only wants one thing from his event on Sunday.

"If I could get one smile, then I'm fine with it," said McCoy.

The cookout will be on Sunday starting at 4 p.m. at both the recovery center and the Hope Center's cafeteria off Loudon Avenue.

If you want to volunteer this Sunday, then you can contact the Hope Center at (859) 252-7881.


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