It's a long way from a hospital bed to national television, but an Eagan boy has made that remarkable journey by "bringing love to others" with the gift of food for thousands of people in the Twin Cities over the past few months.
Lucas Hobbs, 13, who was treated for Hodgkin's lymphoma earlier this year, was granted a wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Instead of doing something for himself, he chose to help others by using food trucks to deliver meals to the under-appreciated and those in need, the Chef Lucas Food Facebook page says.
Members of the Minnesota Food Truck Association and Make-A-Wish Minnesota teamed up to help Lucas fulfill his wish.
Hobbs made his last food truck stop Tuesday at the Dorothy Day Center, a homeless shelter in downtown St. Paul where he served 450 meals to clients at the center as well as others who stopped by.
Since July, Lucas has visited a half dozen locations in the Twin Cities, including the Minneapolis Police Department’s fourth precinct, his Eagan church, Minneapolis Children’s Hospital (where he was treated), the senior citizen community where his grandmother lives, and a school.
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A few weeks ago, Lucas was a guest on the Rachael Ray show.
The national cooking celebrity presented him with a chef's jacket, as well as a $10,000 check from Sallie Mae to go toward his college education.
Lucas (whose cancer is in remission) posted a letter on Facebook Tuesday thanking people for supporting his Make-A-Wish journey.
"This truly was a gift from God," he said. "More to come, though, so please keep staying tuned in!"