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Friends, family organize benefit for cancer survivor (video)

By Keldy Ortiz
April 13, 2013 at 10:05 p.m.
Updated April 12, 2013 at 11:13 p.m.

Mary Lucas watches her friend, Mary Robinson, have her hair cut by stylist Sylvia Ortiz during a benefit to support Lucas' fight against cancer.

HOW TO HELP

The Lucas family has a Wells Fargo account for anyone who wants to help. The account is under Mary L. Lucas, of Cuero. It is a benefit account.

Cars to Mary Lucas once meant just a family business.

But Saturday, they earned a new meaning - one of love and caring.

Friends and families wore "Save the Headlights" T-shirts Saturday at Cuero Municipal Park to support Lucas, 55, who was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in January.

Saturday's car show and benefit helped Lucas raise money to cover medical expenses.

"Out of something bad like cancer can come something good," said Lucas, a resident of Cuero, wearing a pink bandana to cover her head. "You see that family, friends and the whole community come together. It has shown me there is good in everybody."

Mary's sister-in-law, Misty Lucas, organized the event, incorporating the car theme because Mary's husband, Leslie Lucas, sells vehicles in Cuero.

"The car buddies are like a second family," said Misty Lucas. "Everyone loves Mary."

Mary Lucas said she knew nothing about cars before meeting her husband, who changed all that.

"I bought an old junk car," Leslie Lucas said. "And she said, 'What are you doing with that?' I said, 'You will see.' When I sold the car, I said that's your half of the profit."

Leslie Lucas owns Lucas Mopars in Cuero, and his wife helped with the business until she became ill. Since being diagnosed, Mary Lucas has undergone chemotherapy once every three weeks and has lost her hair.

Mary Robinson was one of dozens who attended Saturday's event. She and Mary Lucas worked together as waitresses years ago. When Robinson heard about her friend's illness, she wanted to help.

"I'm donating my hair to her," said Robinson, whose straight hair down her back was cut in half Saturday. "Mary is an awesome person. I don't have cancer, but I wanted to help someone who does."

The Lucases have four children, ages 17 to 34. And between work and school, the family struggles at times to constantly care for their mother. But daughter Elizabeth Lucas, 22, said she doesn't worry.

"The fact that she has other people who really care - that puts me at ease," said Elizabeth Lucas.

Mary Lucas' son, Joey Taylor, 34, didn't know much about breast cancer when his mother was diagnosed. He said he knows his mother will be all right.

"You always think the worst when it comes to cancer," said Taylor. "But I know she is going to be OK."

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