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    Posted August 11, 2014 by
    nanny12
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    In Memoriam


    Wonderful caring man

     
    In 1998, with the help of Robin Williams I granted a wish for a young girl. She had suffered a very severe brain injury. Her wish was to meet Robin Williams. The foundation I volunteered for granted that wish. We flew the young girl and her family to San Francisco. At the time, Mr. Williams was shooting his movie Bicentennial Man. The meet and greet was supposed to last 1 hour. We ended up staying more than 5 hours. He was the most caring and gentile man with that young girl.

    He made sure she was seated comfortably in HIS chair while he shot the scenes, running over between takes to make sure she was all right.

    Afterwards he had a great talk wight he wish child. She was a young French Canadian girl so I had to do a bit of translation but to my surprise half way through the meet he started talking a bit in French as he admitted to studying in France. We took a few pictures and go ready to leave.

    We thought it was time to go home, but no he insisted on showing us all the props used in the movie. I have still can see him walking. arm in arm with the young girl. telling her it was like they were getting married.

    I then thought once again that the meeting was over, but NO, to my surprise he invited us to dinner with him and the crew.

    During all the time he spent with us he made the wish child as well as all of us, feel so special. Once we were all seated in the car, he got in and gave everyone a kiss. I thanked him for doing this for the young child and his answer was: No thank you for giving me this opportunity.

    I have to add a little extra to the story:
    During the dinner, my daughter who had come along to translate for the other family members as they only spoke French and I knew I could not take care of them during the meet, had been told by one of the crew members that she looked like a 16 year old even though she was 20. Well believe it or not, Mr. Williams who was a few seats away when she was told this, had been paying attention because as he said goodbye to my daughter in the car, he whispered in her ear: No, you don't look 16.

    I walked away from that meet and greet feeling very lucky to have spent time with this amazing man. I am very very sad to hear of his passing and that he was troubled enough that he had to end his life. It certainly is a loss for the entertainment world but also for anyone who has had the pleasure of spending time with him. May he rest in peace!

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