Combs to headline benefit

By Frank Lewis -

Michael Combs

Michael Combs

It wasn’t enough that Christian singer Michael Combs had to have a liver transplant in 1989, but in recent years, with his kidney function dropping, Combs recently had a kidney transplant.

“January 9 I had my transplant,” Combs told the Daily Times. “I’m doing very well right now. It has been three months and I’m doing well.”

In this area, probably no one is closer to Combs than Mary Leightenheimer who sets up concerts locally.

“For all of these years he has had to take the medicine and everything,” Leightenheimer said. “He has been in the hospital a couple of times. He has had to keep tabs on it and watch his diet.”

Now Combs is coming to Scioto County for a two-day concert at Living With A Cause theater, 8891 Ohio River Road in Wheelersburg. The dates are April 29 at 7 p.m. and April 30 at 3 p.m.

Tickets for the event are $10 with reserved tickets priced at $15. Anyone wanting to purchase tickets can call Leightenheimer at 740-352-2407.

“He had to have a kidney transplant and there was a young man that died, so we’re helping him with the cost of that kidney transplant,” Mike Gifford, president of Living With A Cause, said. “I think we’ll probably raise $5,000-$6,000 that night and that day.”

Gifford says Living With A Cause is involved in many things that affect people’s lives on a daily basis.

“It’s just anybody who wants to do anything, we just try to help and support it. That’s all it is,” Gifford said. “Gene Bennett is a part of that. Al Oliver is a part of it, and when people want to do things, we just do it.”

Combs said he is looking forward to the concert as his strength continues to improve.

“Hopefully I’ll be able to do two days,” Combs said. “I think I will be. I did a couple of concerts this past weekend. I’ve had a pretty rapid recovery. I’ve been very blessed.”

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By Frank Lewis

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewisPDT.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewisPDT.