While most teenagers are busy preparing for high school and thinking about dating, driving, and summer fun, Kody was thrust into the fight for his life. At 14 years old he was diagnosed with an Anaplastic Astrocytoma, Grade 3, a very aggressive brain tumor. He underwent 2 brain surgeries, 6-1/2 weeks of chemo and radiation, and numerous hours of therapy and countless blood transfusions.
With a “never give up attitude,” Kody was able to learn to walk and talk all over again and was able to go back to high school a year behind his peers. He had a love for music and was a very gifted alto saxophone player.
Kody lived each of his last days finding ways to give back. He wanted his life to count while he was on this earth. He always thought of others, and he saw the importance of educating the community on brain cancer awareness and how important it was to give blood.
On April 10, 2012, “Kody man” was awarded his ultimate healing. Even in death, Kody gave. He chose to donate his body to St. Jude in Memphis, Tennessee so that research could be done and hopefully a cure can be found. Kody may have left his family and friends behind, but we are determined to keep his legacy of kindness and giving alive forever. “Kody Man” Lucas had cancer, but cancer did not have Kody Lucas.
To honor Kody’s legacy of kindness, giving, and love of others his family has created Chords of Kindness, The Kody Brandon Lucas Memorial Fund. Proceeds from the fund will be used to help other pediatric cancer patients in the Middle Georgia area. They would like to return the acts of kindness shown to them. Through the fund they hope to ease the financial and emotional burdens that are known firsthand. Kody never hesitated to give to others regardless of the circumstance or how he was feeling.
As the fund matures Kody’s family plans to work with the Jay’s HOPE Foundation to fund music therapy at the local children’s hospital. With a deep love of music, Kody was often comforted by music and used his musical talents to reach others.