Award Jerry Lewis The Presidential Medal Of Freedom
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Award Jerry Lewis The Presidential Medal Of Freedom

    1. Chris DeBello
    2. Petition by

      Chris DeBello

      Vernon, NJ

We the undersigned ask that President Barack Obama nominate and award The Presidential Medal Of Freedom to Jerry Lewis.

Jerry Lewis has dedicated his life to not only entertaining millions of Americans but also to the work of The Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Starting in 1950 and up to this day, Jerry Lewis has worked non-stop to raise money and awareness of the needs in the fight against neuromuscular diseases.  His Labor Day telethon has raised in excess of $2 billion for research and patient care.

That research this money has funded has led to discoveries which have launched new avenues of gene therapy, drug treatment and protein therapy. Jerry Lewis' efforts have created a nationwide network of clinics that offer care, help and hope for Muscular Dystrophy patients and their families.

The work of Jerry Lewis and MDA has also advanced medical science and knowledge that has influenced other areas of research in addition to MDA's focus.

As new discoveries that will lead to cures are made, the quality of life of Muscular Dystrophy patients has also been improved.  Where a child with Muscular Dystrophy would once not be expected to survive their teen years, now they are creating successful and productive lives.

Jerry Lewis' work as a performer has inspired the careers of many who followed him in the entertainment world.  He has taught film making at top colleges.  His invention of the live assist device became standard equipment in the film industry.  His pioneering work on television with his partner Dean Martin added greatly to the growth and popularity of what was then a new medium.

We too often wait until someone who has made a difference is gone before we honor and pay tribute to them. Our desire is to award Jerry Lewis the honor he deserves for the meaningful and long lasting contributions he has given to our country and citizens.

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    • SANDI JUHLIN CHICAGO, IL
      • about 1 month ago

      He has given us 70 years of laughs and entertainment and charitable deeds. Treated terribly by MDA. We must make up for this and let him know that he matytered!!! While he is alive!!!

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    • Samuel Martinez WESLEY CHAPEL, FL
      • 4 months ago

      All the work hes done for MD

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    • Sean Harklerode CHICAGO, IL
      • 8 months ago

      Jerry Lewis has been a lifelong inspiration to me, both as a performer and humanitarian. His commitment to his art and to entertaining his audience is rivaled only by his commitment to the MDA and various other causes. His film, television and stage career is unparalleled, and he stands as an inspiration to generations to come.

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    • M. de la Luz Hernández LEóN, MEXICO
      • 8 months ago

      Porque es verdad. Creo que el sr Lewis ha sido una persona limpia en su modo de ser.

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    • Susan Gershenson VOORHEES, NJ
      • 8 months ago

      Because Jerry is a national treasure, a genius and a humanitarian. We'll never see his like again in American culture.

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