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That Time Robin Williams Secretly Visited a Young Fan With Cancer

Following his death on Monday, a lot of stories about Robin Williams have come to light. One involves the entertainer’s secret visit to a young fan with cancer in 2004.

Jessica Cole was diagnosed with brain cancer when she was 5 years old. Her dying wish was to meet her favorite actor, whom she loved for his role in the film “Mrs. Doubtfire,” according to WFMY News.

The original plan was for Jessica to visit Williams on set in California, with the help of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. However, according to her father, Mark, by that time she was too weak to travel. As soon as Williams heard the news, he flew to Jessica’s home in Greensboro, North Carolina.

“She was a little disoriented at that point with extra fluid on her brain, and it was out of place for her also seeing Robin Williams walk into our home. She was confused when he first came in,” Mark Cole told WFMY. “Then he started his Mrs. Doubtfire imitation, and then she figured it out pretty quickly.”

Williams spent the entire day with Jessica playing cards and watching football. And when she passed away a few weeks later, he donated a redwood tree in her honor.

This is not the only time that Williams quietly gave his time to those in need. He advocated to help Congress end homelessness, volunteered for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and was a great friend to the U.S. Military.

Robin Williams playing games with Jessica

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