Many of us are shocked and dismayed to hear about the apparent suicide of Robin Williams. I would like to highlight the good he did in this world.
Robin Williams was personally involved in many causes including the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Livestrong Foundation, the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDS Foundation, USO and Comic Relief.
Robin Williams visited his friend Christopher Reeve in the hospital after he was paralyzed, willing him to live with laughter. He helped get Comic Relief, an organization to help the homeless, off the ground with Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal by raising more than $80 million. Robin testified before Congress in 1990 to end homelessness by addressing long term solutions. He performed for 90,000 troops on USO tours from Afghanistan to Kuwait in 13 different countries. As a long time supporter of St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, the comedian appeared in a fundraising video with a young girl battling a brain tumor in a Thanks and Giving Campaign.
In his 63 years, Robin Williams found a way to use his talent and fame to help others. He helped people he knew and people he did not know in a personal way. He is a role model for all of us. May his memory inspire us to offer our gifts and give to others in our own unique way.