Central Georgia remembers Jerry Lewis

Central Georgia remembers Jerry Lewis

Legendary entertainer Jerry Lewis passed away over the weekend. In addition to bringing a smile to many faces, he also raised close to $3 billion for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  

Gabrielle Dawkins spent the day with a family who says they are incredibly thankful for his contributions.

Kim Barnes says five years ago, doctors diagnosed her son with Muscular Dystrophy.

"We couldn't understand why John was so weak and why he had difficulty for sitting up for long periods of time and got tired," said Barnes.

It's a trait that Barnes passed on to her son and four daughters.

However, with the support from the Muscular Dystrophy Association, she got the help that she needed.

"They help connect you with the right doctors. They provide John with a full week of camp every summer that is completely paid for," said Barnes.

Barnes said that when she found out that John was a carrier, she thought of Jerry Lewis.

Lewis spent decades advocating and raising money for the cure of Muscular Dystrophy. Lewis died on Sunday.

"I got teary because I remember as a child watching the Jerry Lewis Telethon. It was a really big deal. We had the one TV in the den. You sit in front of the TV," said Barnes. "He was raising money for muscular dystrophy and you'd see all of the children that he was going to help."

Lewis passed away 91 years old. Barnes says his legacy will live on well after he leaves.

"I'm very appreciative of what Jerry Lewis did for my child and me," says Barnes.

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