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Lewis Telethon Raises $58.3 Million

September 03, 2002|From Associated Press

The Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Assn. received a record $58.3 million in nationwide pledges through Monday, a telethon spokesman said.

Originating in Los Angeles, the telethon broke last year's record of $56.8 million, said spokesman Bob Mackle. The 37th annual broadcast was shown on about 200 stations.

Lewis praised the "generosity and compassion" of contributors. "That's America's real gift to people with neuromuscular diseases--the knowledge that they're not alone in the fight, that their friends and neighbors are behind us in the drive to beat these devastating diseases."

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