Auction to benefit paralyzed hunter

| April 1, 2013

WARSAW – The tattoo on Lucas McCoy’s arm is more than just a piece of artwork. It’s his inspiration for when times are tough.

“Life goes on,” he said. “It’s not the end of the world being in a wheelchair. I can still do practically everything I did before.”

McCoy got the tattoo of an Eagle and the saying, “life goes on,” after a diving accident, that happened almost two years ago, left him in a wheelchair.

After the accident, he spent five days in the hospital and celebrated his 18th birthday in a rehabilitation center, but since then has continued to do activities he loves such as hunting.

“It’s something I love to do and I’m not going to stop,” McCoy said. “I like sitting out in the woods and hopefully seeing a lot of animals.”

Currently, family friend Chris Hill gets McCoy loaded into a trailer and hauls him into the woods when he wants to go hunting. To make the process easier, a fundraiser is being planned to help him purchase an all-terrain wheelchair.

“My mom and some friends started putting this together and I think it’s pretty awesome of them,” McCoy said.

The spaghetti dinner and live auction will be Saturday, April 6, at the Moose Lodge in Coshocton. Dinner starts at noon and the auction will begin at 2 p.m.

The auction will feature something for everyone and there also will be great raffle prizes and a 50/50 drawing. Hotel stays, bows, a .22 rifle, a quarter of beef, gift certificates, sports memorabilia, wine baskets, makeup baskets and Deerassic tickets are just some of the many items people could go home with.

“Chris’ cousin Steve Hill from Woodbury Outfitters has been a big help with getting us hunting stuff to auction,” said Joanne Nys, McCoy’s mother.

McCoy needs between $11,000 and $13,000 to purchase the wheelchair he wants.

“It will make everything a hundred times easer,” he said. “I can go where I want and not rely on anybody.”

Nys said the new wheelchair will help him with more than hunting trips.

“Even out here in the yard he sinks and he has trouble at our camper,” she said.

Anyone wanting more information on the auction can contact Nys at 502-7463 or make a donation to the Lucas McCoy Benefit at Chase Bank.

“I hope people come out and support a great kid because he deserves it,” Nys said. “He doesn’t complain. He just deals with the ups and downs.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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