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    Posted August 12, 2014 by
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    In Memoriam

    A Giver of Laughter

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     At nine years old, Stephanie Wilson met Robin Williams while at camp. But this wasn't an ordinary camp for kids. At that time, Wilson was coping with her diagnosis of Von Willebrand disease, a hereditary bleeding disorder. In 1999, she attended The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford, Connecticut, a camp started by actor Paul Newman for children coping with serious illnesses. Robin Williams and other celebrity guests came to a fundraising gala at the camp and performed alongside the kids. "He was hilarious. He had all these great facial expressions, and he had all these hand movements. He made everyone laugh," she remembered. Wilson was deeply saddened by William's death. "I wish he had known how much we appreciated him," she said. "Not all celebrities go out of their way to help out people. It takes a special person to donate their time to helping others."
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    I met Mr. Williams when I was nine years old. I have a bleeding disorder and so I was part of a summer camp run for kids with chronic illness. I was asked to be part of a fundraising gala in the summer of 1999, and I was so excited to learn that Robin Williams was going to be one of the celebrity guests. I am so honored that I am able to say that I performed with such a genius of comedy. He was so nice in person, going out of his way to interact with every child there. I remember while we were back stage my sister asked him how he flew in "Hook" and he held up his fingers and said "teensy weensy wires." He then lifted both of us up in turn and helped us "fly like Peter Pan." I will always cherish the memory and I am devastated that he is gone. RIP Mr. Williams. You have touched my life.

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