Lewis isn’t special; he’s a SUPER STAR

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 3, 2004

To leave a conversation with Brandon Lewis and not have a smile is impossible.

Each year a child is chosen who represents the spirit of Christmas and that child then shares his spirit with those attending Christmas on the River.

This year, Brandon Lewis has been given that opportunity, an opportunity well-deserved given his caring personality and upbeat disposition.

Brandon has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, but his mother said he does not recognize the disease as a disability, or even that it exists.

He grinned widely and laughed about the attention the honor has brought him.

His class calls him their "Super Star."

Among the honors that come with being Special Child are the opportunity to ‘flip the switch,’ lighting the love lights tree that kicks off the week’s events and riding in the Children’s Parade on Saturday.

Brandon said he was excited about all the things he was getting to do this week.

Brandon was enjoying snack time with his class Thursday as he talked about the excitement of being this year’s Special Child. He pointed to a young boy sitting next to him. "This is my best friend, Nigel," he said, smiling even wider.

Nigel Davis, who has been Brandon’s best friend since they started school at Westside together, was the Christmas on the River Special Child last year.

She said Brandon and Nigel’s friendship has been one of inspiration and

motivation.

Brandon said he couldn’t have a better friend than Nigel.

Brandon enjoys time with his siblings too, noting that one of his favorite things is when older brother, DeMarkez, tickles him.

DeMarkez is 13. Brandon also has an older sister, Tanika, who is 15.

Brandon said he also likes to play video games, particularly wrestling.

For those who meet Brandon, they are unable to walk away without having been touched by those big brown eyes and that wonderful smile.

That smile is nearly permanent, except when someone challenges his freedom.

Part of that independence comes in the form of a flower garden Brandon helped plant and helps maintain at the corner of the driveway in front of his home.