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Pre-Teen Who Beat Cancer Uses His Make-A-Wish Opportunity To Feed An Entire Hospital « back

September 1st, 2015

Lucas Hobbs

Did you know? This story was featured in our Make-A-Difference Spotlight podcast - episode #027!

When you have those moments of doubt...those times in life where everything seems to drag you down to a bottomless pit...those days where life is against you at every turn, I want you to remember the story of Lucas Hobbs.

Because this 12-year-old boy from Eagan, Minnesota is showing the world that nothing should stand in the way of pursuing your dreams.

Hobbs was battling a stage three cancer known as Hodgkin's lymphoma, a blood cancer that starts in the lymphatic system. But the pre-teen underwent extensive treatment therapy...and came out a winner.

However, if there is one thing he'll never forget about his time in the hospital, it was the inability to enjoy a basic meal. And when you love food as much as Hobbs does, the agony of treatment becomes 10 times worse.

The experience during his chemo has given Hobbs a new appreciation for the simple things in life...like enjoying a homemade lunch. And now that he is feeling much better, Hobbs figured it was time to give back in his own special way with the help of the Make-A-Wish foundation.

And this is where we get to the best part of the story. Because Hobbs decided to use his Make-A-Wish to feed others and express his gratitude for life.

His "wish" was to commandeer a fleet of food trucks, and feed every patient and employee at the children's hospital where he was treated.  So the family partnered with the Minnesota Food Truck Association and utilized the trucks of individual owners to help host Lucas' event.

In an interview with WCCO-TV and NBC, Hobbs said: "when I was sick, people brought me food from our church, and it was really nice of them. So I asked my parents if I could use my wish to serve others. [And now I can] give back the kindness that everybody gave me when I was sick."

AmericasFootprints.com also spoke with his father Matt Hobbs, who told us: "while he could see himself becoming a professional chef, he is 50/50 with being in law enforcement. But the wish was about using good food as an act of kindness to give back to the community."

And though his Make-A-Wish was granted for feeding the hospital, Hobbs didn't stop there.  At the time of this article, the family had spent a good part of summer continuing this campaign.  In addition to the hospital, they made stops at a church, police station, senior citizen community, and a school.  

The family has also started a very exciting charity food program based on Lucas' wish, already feeding approximately 360 boys and girls club members and volunteers.  So we invite you to follow the ChefLucasFood truck on Facebook, and look for their next appearance real soon, which is planned for the Dorothy Day Homeless shelter.  They even have a new website that gives you more insight into Lucas' true vision!

We also invite you to watch more from NBC below, and discover how Lucas Hobbs is well on his way to leaving a Footprint in history that is worth remembering.



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