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February 11, 2003


Jerry Lewis Scheduled for Lecture at Emory University Hospital

Who: Comedian Jerry Lewis will address Atlanta clinicians about the management of chronic pain. Mr. Lewis has joined a public education initiative called TAME THE PAIN that links people in chronic pain with pain specialists. Mr. Lewis has suffered for 40 years with excruciating back pain, caused by a career of comedic pratfalls, which nearly drove him to suicide.

When: Wednesday, February 12, 12-1 p.m.

Where: Emory University Hospital, 1364 Clifton Rd., 2nd Floor Auditorium

Why: Chronic pain can take a devastating toll on the millions of people it affects--isolating those who suffer from it. It can lead to difficulty holding a job, low self-esteem, strained relationships, and depression.

"I had a gun ready, I had a car ready, walk in front of a bus ready. You get to that point where you cannot see," said Lewis. "Your focus is gone and you can't move your body from the couch to the TV set, the pain is so severe."

The TAME THE PAIN campaign is supported by several national advocacy groups, including the National Chronic Pain Society and the National Pain Foundation. It is sponsored by Medtronic, one of the world's leading medical technology companies and maker of the device that now manages Lewis' pain.

Media Opportunities:
For scheduled interviews with Mr. Lewis; Dr. Patricia Baumann, Emory Center for Pain Medicine; or Dr. Howard Levy, Emory Spine Center, call media contacts at numbers above. Please check for more details on the campaign.

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