Robin William King of Our Hearts

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Today was filled with a sadness I have not felt inside since the death of the person I loved over thirty (30) years ago. Having just returned to my office from lunch, I suddenly got a text message that left me numb thereafter: "Robin Williams has been found dead in his home. I am so sorry." I thought it was some kind of joke. There were times that others had been thought to have died and it wasn't so. This must be the case now as well. But as I sat in my chair and tried to pull it together emotionally, the one news network I loathe the most began airing details about Robin's death -- CNN (Conjecture News Network). The only reason
I was still alive today was because of Robin, and yet now he had taken his own life??? How was this possible?! Whatever the reason, the reality is that the one individual who truly believed in me in high school, when I was ready to just end it all, was now dead at the tender age of 63. There wasn't a chance to tell him once again how wonderful he was, how incredibly talented he was, how very special he was. He was gone. And all the remained were media vultures who swirled around the news of his death and were now firing up the conjecture campaigns. He had an addiction. Look in the mirror - you have one too. Shall that be the epitaph we shall write about you? "Sally Water, who had an eating disorder most of her life and was estranged from her children, died today at 78 years of age."

Notwithstanding, I will say that which Robin pointed out to me in high school:

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
by George Bernard Shaw

Every great man, every successful man, no matter what the field of endeavor, has known the magic that lies in these words: every adversity has the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit. by W. Clement Stone

I've also seen that great men are often lonely. This is understandable, because they have built such high standards for themselves that they often feel alone. But that same loneliness is part of their ability to create.
by Yousuf Karsh

At a very young age I was blessed to have the privilege of knowing
Robin Williams before he became the celebrity he is today. While attending Redwood High School as part of an advanced education program, I was honored to meet Robin. Although everyone that has ever met Robin knows of his comedic genius, what few may know is really how incredibly talented at academia he was too. An inspiration to us all that attended high school with him, he wasted no time earning a variety of prestigious accolades and awards. But what I most about my relationship with Robin was our mutual affection for disadvantaged and disabled children. I truly believe it was because of this heartfelt love that he was motivated to make the movie, “Patch Adams.” Robin has always been an underdog, and he has exhibited this time and time again throughout his life, especially while at the side of his dear friend, Marlo Thomas. Because of celebrities like him, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has made incredible strides in the battle against a great many types of cancer. At the same time Robin has also done so very much for other charitable organizations like St. Jude’s; organizations who are equally committed to meeting the plights of catastrophically and terminally ill children. For instance, Rooms of Hope (previously Special Spaces). When a friend contacted me about a very special project they were involved, I was blessed to have remembered my past with Robin. If anyone could help fulfill this young boy’s dream, it would be Robin. So I contacted his office and within days Robin came through. The check he sent is proudly displayed below as evidence of his unwavering support. I will truly be forever indebted to him for having responded to my plea, and for illustrating once again the incredible heart he has for helping others. And if you’d like to be a part of helping child through Special Spaces, won’t you please contact them now ... you won’t regret it, ever.

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