BUFFALO, N.Y. — A cancer patient who is being celebrated for his bravery and advocacy in the fight against his disease got a great surprise Thursday morning.

Kevin Hays didn't know he was going to be honored with Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center's Herd of Hope Hero Award.

It was just created to give to someone who is inspiring and goes above and beyond to help people in their fights.

And he was honored for the work he's done to turn his colorectal cancer diagnosis into a chance to advocate for and raise awareness.

"I don't want anybody to go through the journey that I've gone through," Hays said. "So it's very important to me to communicate that message to do what's possible to help people that are fighting cancer now. It's a tough journey, and to do everything that we can to continue to do the research and try to eradicate these diseases."

2 On Your Side has reported on Hays before in his efforts to help other cancer patients, as well as his 6-year-old daughter Abby, who was in our "Great Kids" series for her effort to give away candy bars to people at Roswell Park.

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