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Bowling Tournament Honors Memory of Hagerstown Child

The Hagerstown community is remembering the life of one little boy who passed away from a brain tumor four years ago.
HAGERSTOWN, Md.- One local community is remembering the life of a little boy who passed away from a brain tumor four years ago.

Bowling was one of Christopher Lewis's favorite hobbies. That is why, for the third year in a row, his parents and the Hospice of Washington County hosted a bowling tournament in his memory.

"Christopher loved duck pin bowling," said Christopher's mother Judi Lewis. "Whenever he did something good, we would reward him and bring him here at Southside Bowl. And that was always something fun."

The proceeds from the event will go to two organizations that helped Christopher and his family while he was sick.

"Funds this year are split between the Jennifer Fund, which helps support the children that we work with at Hospice of Washington County," said Chris Brunner, community relations director for Hospice of Washington County. "And Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic, which helped grant a wish for Chris when he was at the end of his life."

Christopher's mother says Hospice of Washington County gave him comfort during his most difficult times. She also says the Make-A-Wish Foundation let Chris be a kid again by giving him the opportunity to meet country music duo Brooks and Dunn.

"Oh my goodness, he loved it," said Judi. "He was there telling them jokes. He'd say, 'Look at my boots. What are my boots for? My boots are made for walking!' And he'd do a little dance, and that was Chris."

Christopher loved his wish come true so much that he collected $500 worth of coins before he passed away for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He donated enough money to grant one wish to another child.

"All on his own," said Judi. "Nobody taught him. He realized it costs money. All on his own. So I was very proud of him."

Organizers say they raised about $5,000 at the bowling event.
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