What started as a routine doctor's visit changed the life of Levi Lewis.

In June, 2008, Lewis pointed out to a doctor a small knot near his ear.

"That knot was a brain tumor," said Kristi Rodriguez, Lewis' sister-in-law.

He was immediately scheduled for surgery to remove the tumor. A biopsy showed the tumor was malignant.

Then last fall, Lewis began having severe migraines. In late September, he had a migraine with such intensity his wife, Kasha, rushed him to the emergency room, and the family received worse news.

"Aggressive tumors had begun appearing in his brain," Rodriguez said.

This time, he was diagnosed with a rare form of melanoma.

Lewis returned to the operating room and underwent surgery again in November to have some tumors removed. In February, yet another was removed that was hemorrhaging as doctors pulled it away from his brain.

Today, Lewis has an additional tumor in the front of his brain and eight more down his spine.

"It has now taken over his central nervous system," said Rodriguez.

Lewis undergoes extensive - and expensive - chemotherapy attempting to control the cancerous tumors.

Levi, employed by Walco International, and Kasha, a kindergarten teacher at Huckabay ISD, are a young couple - in their early 30s - with two small children - Kaden, 2, and Braelynn, 8 months.

And the Lewis family is now bearing the hefty healthcare costs.

The community has united and organized "Share the Care," a benefit concert and cookout set for Friday at the Huckabay Community Tabernacle. A hamburger and hotdog dinner (donations only) will be served beginning at 5 p.m. with live entertainment from 6-9 p.m. Clint Levi Band, Joseph Jackson and Friends, Lane Hedeman, Cary Frasier and others will perform live to raise money to assist with the family's expenses.

A cake and live auction will also help raise money for the Lewis family. Auction items include 100 gallons of propane, a Tractor Supply Company trimmer and weed-eater, outdoor furniture and more.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and are also being advised that alcohol will not be allowed at the family-friendly event.

An account has also been set up at Town and Country Bank.

For more information on the upcoming event or to contribute a cake to the auction, contact Debby Lowe at 968-5321 or Gary Williams at 592-3529.

You may stay connected to Levi's progress at www.caringbridge.org/visit/levilewis.