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Christopher J. Lewis

American Wheelchair Mission

 Christopher J. Lewis portraitChristopher J. Lewis always wanted to be like his father, Jerry Lewis. He has fond memories of visiting his dad’s film sets back to the 1950s, knowing his dad’s famous friends, and planning to follow him into the motion picture industry. But Jerry’s work on the MDA Telethons appealed most to Christopher. He first volunteered to help his dad with the Telethon in 1972 and continued doing it for 39 years.

In 2000, Christopher helped create an organization to deliver free wheelchairs worldwide to people who need them but cannot afford them. As President and CEO of the American Wheelchair Mission, he and his family travel the world, giving the gifts of mobility, hope, and inclusion to children, teens, and adults representing the poorest of the poor. Christopher has been involved in the delivery of more than 800,000 wheelchairs to 150 countries.

Christopher handled his father’s film and television distribution for years. He coordinated the delivery of Jerry’s extensive film, television, photographic, audio, and document archive to the Library of Congress in 2014. Personally, he donated the original storyboards for The Nutty Professor to the Museum of Modern Art in New York. They became a five-month exhibition from October 2018 to March 2019 called Looking at Jerry Lewis – The Nutty Professor Storyboards.

After years of research, Christopher wrote Jerry Lewis on Being a Person to tell the true story of what an incredible person his dad was. Theirs was a close and loving relationship with lots of laughter and creative collaboration to share with people who also pray and love humanity.

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