Doc Lewis misses his hometown
The name Doc Lewis might be lost on some in Gonzales. After all, he has lived in California for 33 years. But Lewis, born five months premature and with Cerebral Palsy remembers you.
In the Summer of 1985 Lewis left for California. Before that he attended Gonzales Middle, then East Ascension High School for two years. He grew up on Tobey Avenue.
Above all, Lewis's message is one of hope. Currently, despite his condition he works as a radio personality with KFSR 90.7 FM out of Fresno, Calif. He is also an accomplished, grammy-nominated gospel singer. Naturally he hosts a gospel show.
Moreover, he wrote a book called Let Me Tell You My Story.
"We decided to write a book right before my mother passed in 2008, and we got that done in 2015," Lewis said. "We got it through Amazon.com and Barnes and Nobles. It's been doing well, so we are writing a spinoff of that book called Let Me Tell You My Story: Volume 2. That should be done and in the stores in September."
The book is an autobiography of Lewis's life. It includes pictures of his family and the story of what he's been through, processes and challenges.
"It includes everything that I went through when I was in Gonzales," Lewis said. "How I was helped by a lot of folks there, mainly my family and my supporting cast . . . the reason I'm in radio is because of Lyle Boudreaux. He still broadcasts now. He does the EA games and the surrounding high school games and all that."
Lewis, who moved to California to pursue basketball and singing said Boudreaux is still a mentor to him.
"It a broader, wider audience," he said. "California is home, but my family is there. I'm the brother of Kenny Lewis and Vincent Lewis, who everybody knows by 'Bug.'"
Lewis also mentioned his first cousin "Cornbread" Lewis. He added that they have families now, and he hardly gets to Louisiana. That does not mean he does not miss this place.
"I do miss the food," the 50-year-old Lewis said, "because there is no place like home."
Next, Lewis found a niche in 2015 with the Special Olympics. He said he was approached by someone who had read his story in a magazine in Los Angeles. He was speaking over the telephone from the 2018 Special Olympics U.S. Games in Seattle, Wash., where he mentioned the Louisiana team took a silver medal in basketball.
"I've been going around the world with the Special Olympics ever since," he said.
Lewis currently helps kids and families with children who have Cerebral Palsy and Polio. It was a pleasure to catch up. Reach out to Lewis at www.doclewis.org.