Actor and comedian Jerry Lewis announces the total raised during the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon on Sept. 6, 2010, in Las Vegas. The pledges totaled $58.9 million, down from nearly $60.5 million in 2009 and a record $65 million in 2008. But Lewis said he was heartened by Americans' ability to help others in need even when they were struggling financially.
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