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Nacogdoches cancer survivor doesn't let blindness, epilepsy deter his dreams

Renee Wilson and Kevin Wilson of Nacogdoches say Kevin Wilson’s Home Cooked Cuisine fulfill Kevin’s God-given purpose of loving to cook and serve others. (Source: KTRE Staff) Renee Wilson and Kevin Wilson of Nacogdoches say Kevin Wilson’s Home Cooked Cuisine fulfill Kevin’s God-given purpose of loving to cook and serve others. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Kevin Wilson, 23, of Nacogdoches has survived serious circumstances and continues to battle health issues, but he still has found a sense of purpose.  (Source: KTRE Staff) Kevin Wilson, 23, of Nacogdoches has survived serious circumstances and continues to battle health issues, but he still has found a sense of purpose. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Kevin Wilson’s Home Cooked Cuisine is a cooking ministry for those fighting illness or who could just use a smile and a prayer. (Source: KTRE Staff) Kevin Wilson’s Home Cooked Cuisine is a cooking ministry for those fighting illness or who could just use a smile and a prayer. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

A cooking ministry called Kevin Wilson's Home-Cooked Cuisine is warming the hearts of others, while also giving a Nacogdoches man and his mother a sense of purpose.

"My favorite thing is healthy food, but we basically cook anything,” Kevin Wilson said.

Meet Kevin Wilson, manager of Kevin Wilson's Home Cooked Cuisine. His mom, Renee Wilson, said her son has always had the desire to operate a restaurant.

"I can remember him having his desires when we were at the Ronald McDonald House in Dallas, and he was up there for like his chemotherapy or radiations,” Renee said.

That was when Kevin was six and being treated for tumors found at his brain stem. Doctors said he wouldn't live. He's made it to 23.

"I come back for a miracle,” Kevin said.

Renee said Kevin's battle will never end. He's fought scoliosis. In addition, he continues to deal with epilepsy and legal blindness.

Kevin doesn't own a restaurant...yet, but his caring mom found a way to fulfill her son's interests through a cooking ministry started through a Kickstart campaign.

The early riser earns a paycheck from a part-time job at a Burke work center. The money goes right back into his cooking ministry.

"So good and healthy too,” Kevin said.

Kevin said he fully understands there are others with no disabilities that don't do half of what he's capable of accomplishing.

"Oh, you mean a couch potato,” Kevin said.

That kind of sedentary lifestyle is not for Kevin. His mother taught him better.

"To find purpose. You know there's got to be a purpose in life,” Renee said. “You don't just want to sit and wallow because, look around, everyone is going through their own set of struggles."

This day, Kevin is taking a meal to his former kindergarten teacher.

"And when she was my teacher, I can remember that she whistled loud,” Kevin said.

When his former teacher whistled, Kevin said, “Wow.”

Kevin is often a man of few words, but immense thoughts. During prayer his words just flow.

"Help calm this spirit and give her hope and love and guidance to the right path and give her good direction,” Kevin said. “In Jesus Name, Amen."

Kevin Wilson's Home Cooked Cuisine is a blessing to him, so he can cook, and it's a blessing to those who receive his meals.  

You can find recipes at Kevin Wilson's Home Cooked Cuisine Facebook page or his blog. He will take meals to anyone in need and cater parties and private dinners.
 
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