The community in Marathon comes together this weekend to help a little boy in need.
Two-year-old Levi Hoppenworth suffered severe brain damage three months ago after he fell off a bed. He's had several extensive surgeries, and is now in a coma with damage to the left side of his brain stem. He needs help eating and sitting upright, among other things. On top of that, his mom and dad have costly medical bills from his hospital stays and his home care.
That's why friends and family are holding a benefit at Marathon Lanes with fun activities, like softball, bean bags and raffle prizes. It ends Sunday evening. They're hoping to raise $70,000 to bring some financial and emotional relief to his parents.
"He's 2.5-years-old," said Katie Tucker, the benefit coordinator. "He hasn't had a life yet, you know. It's just really hard to imagine that his life is over." But Tucker says donations can significantly help improve the quality of little Levi's life. If you want to help out, you can go to any Associated Bank and donate to the Levi Benefit fund.