Jerry Lewis not using his words very well
Jerry Lewis made the headlines recently, but it wasn't to drum up publicity for the 44th MDA Telethon he'll be hosting in Vegas on September 2 & 3rd. The 81 year old prostate cancer survivor shocked many with his choice of words when sharing frustration over the death of his friend Merv Griffith in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.
"I was very angry when I heard he died. He didn't have to die. He knew he had prostate cancer and he did nothing about it. He deserved to die."
(Note to Jerry: Huge difference between "He deserved to die." and "He didn't have to die.")
Hopefully Jerry's thoughtless wording will not hurt the telethon which raised more than $61 million last year for cutting edge treatment and research of muscular dystrophy, which is actually the name of the category name of a group of more than 30 genetic diseases characterized by progressive weakness and degeneration of the skeletal muscles that control movement.
Some forms of MD are seen in infancy or childhood, while others may not appear until middle age or later. The disorders differ in terms of the distribution and extent of muscle weakness (some forms of MD also affect cardiac muscle), age of onset, rate of progression, and pattern of inheritance.
The prognosis for those with MD varies according to the type and progression of the disorder. Some cases may be mild and progress very slowly over a normal lifespan, while others produce severe muscle weakness, functional disability, and loss of the ability to walk. Some children with MD die in infancy while others live into adulthood with only moderate disability.
Finding a way to prevent and cure MD is way more important than boycotting the bozo running the telethon, no matter how poor a wordsmith he can sometimes be.