Fenix TX bass player Adam Lewis (pictured above, circa 2000, seated second from left), who helped form the blink-182-aligned pop-punk act first known as Riverfenix in the 1990s, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, his band revealed this week (Sept. 21).
For fans looking to help, the group — led by Lewis’ fellow Fenix TX bandmate, guitarist Chris Lewis, who is not related to Adam — have started a fundraiser to help with Adam’s medical treatment on GoFundMe. As of this posting, it’s raised over $16,000 of its $25,000 goal.
“It is with a hopeful heart that I relay the news that our brother, Adam Lewis, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer,” Fenix TX revealed in a post on their Instagram page on Tuesday (Sept. 21).
The message continued, “While it’s still early in the process, Adam has already started chemo and will do a full round before any surgical options are explored. If you can and would like to help alleviate the burden of medical bills so Adam can focus on healing and resting during the battle of a lifetime, please donate here! If you are unable to donate, please share this message so that others who know and love Adam can join us in supporting him in whatever way they are able.”
Fenix TX emerged from Houston in the mid-’90s, signed to California pop-punk bastion Drive-Thru Records and were championed by blink-182’s Mark Hoppus, who at one point became their manager. (Hoppus also appeared in the video for the outfit’s song “All My Fault.”)
The association led Fenix TX to a deal with blink’s then-label, the former major MCA, with which they released a 1999 self-titled LP (an updated version of 1997’s Riverfenix) and 2001’s Lechuza. Independently, Fenix TX have issued the live album Purple Reign in Blood (2005) and the EP CRE.EP (2016). Hoppus revealed his own cancer diagnosis in June — he recently completed chemotherapy.