Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon Raises Over $58 Million
Posted on Tue Sep 7, 2010 09:45 AM PDT

lewis200.jpgLAS VEGAS, Nevada (X17online) - The economy may be down, but Jerry Lewis' MDA Telethon still managed to raise $58.9 million. The event raised $60.5 million just last year, and despite the total revenue from Sunday's event being less, Lewis said he was still pleased with the support.

Lewis released this statement:

    “I’m heartened by the unique ability of Americans to help others in need, when they themselves are likely struggling financially."

The 45th annual event reached close to 40 million viewers through 170 television stations.

Lewis added:

    “People see the progress MDA is making for children and adults living with muscle diseases. I’m truly grateful for their caring enough to brighten the future for ‘my kids.’"

At the end of the telethon, Lewis, 84, broke down while singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”