Gene Weiss presents money on MDA telethon
Gene Weiss, who lives at CCL’s 12th Street residence, had a moment in the spotlight on Jerry Lewis’ Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon on Labor Day.
Gene’s long history of raising money for the MDA began at least 30 years ago when he was a resident of Winfield State Hospital. He was part of the telethon at least twice but hadn’t reached the $1,000.00 minimum level required for making a television appearance for quite a few years. Instead, he donated the money through other means, such as to local firefighters who gathered donations to send to the MDA.
Gene had worked extra hard in recent months so he could present his money personally this year on KAKE TV. Bake sales, a quilt raffle, and ham and bean lunches were some of the fund-raisers held.
“The whole team at CCL helped him reach his goal,” said Christene Fuller, his case manager. “We all know it’s something he has done for years. Gene doesn’t have muscular dystrophy but has always been a champion for the cause.”
Gene has lived in a CCL residence in Winfield since December 1999. Despite having extensive physical disabilities, he is a happy person and a favorite of those around him.