Benefit concert to honor life, legacy of Kody Lucas

efarlow@macon.comJuly 10, 2013 

Kody Lucas died last year after a long battle with brain cancer.

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Kody Lucas, the Perry High School graduate who died about a year ago after a five-year battle with brain cancer, will be remembered and honored Saturday.

Melodies and Memories: A Night to Remember Kody Lucas is a way for the Perry community to honor Lucas’ legacy while raising money for Chords of Kindness, a fund in honor of Lucas under the umbrella of the cancer foundation, Jay’s HOPE.

Chords of Kindness raises money for local families battling cancer. Lucas’ mother, Donna Moss, said the fund gives families money for food or gas, gives prepaid gift cards and provides lunch and cupcakes at children’s hospitals.

“Sometimes, we do things for in-patient children on their birthdays,” Moss said.

Chords of Kindness also is planning to start a music therapy program.

All of the proceeds from Melodies and Memories will go toward Chords of Kindness, and some proceeds will go toward the fifth annual Birthday Blood Drive, which will be July 27 at Rozar Park in Perry.

“One year for (Kody’s) birthday, rather than gifts, he wanted to have blood donated in his honor,” Moss said. The blood drive has happened every year since.

Melodies and Memories will include music by The Grapevine, a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction. The silent auction will have “something for everyone,” Moss said, including tickets to Zoo Atlanta and the Georgia Aquarium, gift cards, jewelry and paintings.

Melodies and Memories will take place at Southern Bridle Farm in Fort Valley.

Tickets are $25 and include a barbecue dinner. To purchase tickets, call Jay’s HOPE at 238-6360 or visit the foundation’s website at www.jayshope.org. Doors open at 6 p.m.

“We’re excited for this event,” Moss said. “It’s really a way to channel the grief of his loss, a way we can do something positive with the grief.”

Moss said she wanted to help people just like she and her family were helped during her son’s fight with cancer.

“Kody, he loved this community, and this community loved him,” she said.

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Emily Farlow, call 744-4225.

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