From staff reports
He accomplished so many of his goals and brought so many people together during his life that it’s hard to believe how brief his time really was. Kody Lucas just walked across the stage at Perry High School last year to get his diploma, and now he’s gone.
The young man from Perry battled Anaplastic Astro Cytoma, a form of brain cancer, since he was 14.
The son of Donna Moss and Bobby Lucas lost his courageous battle with cancer on Tuesday around 12:30 a.m. at the age of 19.
He had gone through surgery, physical, occupational and speech therapy, and even isolation from others due to his low blood count, but his life also had its share of triumphs, including his efforts to help others through blood drives on his birthday, his playing his beloved saxophone in the Perry High School Jazz Band, a visit to New York City with his mother and a road trip to Yellowstone National Park with his father.
He had scores of friends, including Ellie Williams and Andrea Langston, who spent countless hours with him, and he became a symbol of courage to many.
There were several community fundraisers to help with his medical expenses, but he gave back as much as he received. Mayor Jimmy Faircloth proclaimed Sept. 1 of last year “Kody Lucas Day,” and the Perry Exchange Club made him a Junior member, both in recognition of his efforts to hold blood drives to save the lives of others.
“Kody Lucas stared cancer in the face,” said Perry High School Principal Darryl Albritton. “He was an inspiration to all of us and was courageous in his battle. We at Perry High School offer our condolences to his family.”
Perry High School Band Director Andy Hursey said, “Kody was one of a kind. Despite all of his setbacks he was a great musician.”
Visitation will be held Friday at Cross Point Baptist Church from 5-8 p.m. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. also at Cross Point Baptist Church.
Contributing writers: Gary Harmon, Charlotte Moore and Krystal Riner.