Scott County 10-year-old raising money for others while being treated for cancer

Published: Jul. 9, 2018 at 11:36 PM EDT
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A young boy who is in the middle of his fight with cancer is raising money to help other children.

Paintings spread across the Delimpo family's kitchen came about partly because of something 10-year-old Levi heard from his pastor.

"Whenever you are down or hurting one of the best things you can do is help someone else. So I thought that I could start doing these paintings," Levi said.

Levi has been through a lot in the past few months. In April he was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer.

Despite going through his own battles, he's still thinking of others. Specifically, the children at UK's Kentucky Children's Hospital.

"It makes me feel good that I am, I’m helping other kids like me go through stuff like this."

After Levi created the paintings his mother put a post on Facebook. The original plan was to raise $500. Levi’s mom said they blew past that goal in a matter of minutes.

"It was like anything that Levi has touched" Tami Delimpo said. "He touched so many lives. I really wasn’t surprised at the response and then people continued to text me and call me and want more."

The art was inspired by similar drawings they saw during a stay in the hospital, done by kids getting treatment. Levi uses a syringe to paint, and signs each one with his name and Philippians 4:13.

"That says 'I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength,'" he said.

Tami Delimpo says Levi has several more treatments in the future. She also said he's excited because he'll soon be cleared to go swimming.