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Robin Williams Was Many Things To Many People, But To A Special Few, He Was A Guardian Angel

In his lifetime, Robin Williams touched millions with his funny-guy charm, but as we would find out years later, there was another side to him that others rarely see.

Only the people closest to Williams really knew the monumental struggle he faced every morning when he woke up. He struggled his entire life with depression and, in his later years, faced his toughest battle: Lewy Body dementia.

Before his tragic death in 2014, Robins often made it his mission to go beyond the spotlight and help out others in whatever small way that he could.

Here are just a few of the ways in which he's impacted individual lives:

When he visited a preemie on Christmas Day and delivered a bag of toys to all the patients.

On Christmas Day in 1998, Robin walked into the children's ward at San Francisco General Hospital with a bag full of toys. No one knew that he was coming, it wasn't a publicity stunt. He asked to visit a premature baby who had just been stabilized by doctors and nurses - with tears in his eyes, he thanked them all for taking care of that tiny child when they could have been home celebrating with their own children.

When he flew across the country to be with a little girl who was dying of brain cancer.

In 2004, 5-year-old Jessica Cole was terminally ill with brain cancer. It was her greatest wish to meet her idol, Robin Williams. When she became too sick to meet up with him in California, he chartered his own private jet and flew out to meet her!

When he donated $50 thousand to the West Seattle Food Bank.

Without telling anyone, Robin donated his earnings from three separate stand-up comedy shows that he performed at the Showbox nightclub in Seattle. Just as the economy was collapsing and unemployment was skyrocketing, he saw a need and stepped up to help others out.

When used his celebrity status to give homeless people jobs.

Whenever Robin Williams was being booked for an event, one of his requirements was that for every film or event he did, the company had to hire a certain number of homeless people to work on set. Now THAT is how you multiply the good!

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When he made a heartbroken Gorilla smile again.

When Koko the Gorilla found out that her best friend of 24 years had died, nothing could console her - she didn't smile for six months! Also suffering from depression, Robin decided to visit The Gorilla Foundation to cheer Koko up. See how happy she is when he tickles her!


If you or someone you love is suffering from depression, please visit Mental Health America's website to connect with a local chapter near you.  Residents of the United States can text "GO" to 741741 to speak with a trained crisis counselor.

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