HAGERSTOWN -- The Washington County Commissioners issued a proclamation declaring today "Christopher Lewis Day" in recognition of the ninth birthday of a local boy who has fought a cancerous brain tumor for more than half of his life.
Chris, the son of Bill and Judi Lewis of Hagerstown, "has spread good cheer to all he has met" and "displayed the heart of a champion and fortitude of a warrior in the midst of suffering, with maturity beyond his years," the proclamation said.
Commissioner James F. Kercheval visited the boy and his family Wednesday to deliver the proclamation, along with Randy Buchman, pastor of Tri-State Fellowship Church.
"We were bowled over," Judi Lewis said. "It was actually pretty amazing."
The family cried as they watched a video of the commissioners presenting the proclamation, she said.
"He's special to us, but we didn't anticipate anything like that," she said.
Chris, once an active, happy child who loved to sing and perform, has been mostly nonverbal since a seizure Dec. 1, Judi Lewis said.