Houston Man To Be Featured On Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon


Christopher Rice of Houston will be profiled on the Jerry Lewis Telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association on Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31–Sept. 1.

Rice, 38, is the subject of a videotaped profile that will be shown on the national broadcast of the legendary show, now in its 38th year.

The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon will air for 21½ hours beginning at 9 p.m. EDT on Sunday, Aug. 31, originating from CBS Television City in Hollywood. In the Lufkin/Nacogdoches area, the Telethon will be broadcast on KTRE-TV, Channel 9, starting at 9:00 p.m., on Sunday.

Rice, who works for Lincoln Properties, a Houston management company, has seen his life dramatically interrupted by a diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease). ALS is a progressive motor neuron disease characterized by generalized weakness and muscle wasting. It usually leads to virtually complete paralysis, with a three-to-five-year average survival.

Rice and his wife, Reda, have three children: Torrey, 7, Mason, 5, and Shelby, 3. ALS has affected Rice’s speech and is beginning to affect his strength and mobility. In the video profile, Rice and his family discuss the impact the disease has had on their lives, the support they’ve received from MDA and their hopes for the future.

“I’m privileged to be able to share the story of Christopher Rice and his family,” said Jerry Lewis, MDA’s national chairman and the star of the Telethon. “I know our viewers will be touched by his courage and the love that surrounds him, and motivated to support our search for a cure for this horrible disease.”

MDA is a voluntary health agency working to defeat more than 40 neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive services, and far-reaching professional and public health education. MDA maintains clinics for Houston area adults and children affected by neuromuscular diseases at the Texas Institute for Rehabilitation and Research and Baylor College of Medicine. People with ALS can also receive specialized medical services at the Ronny & Linda Finger MDA/ALS Center at Baylor.

The Association’s programs are funded almost entirely by individual private contributors.

— Adapted from the Muscular Dystrophy Association 2003 Digital Media Kit