Most people knew him as a comedic genius and brilliant actor, but behind the Hollywood facade, Robin Williams was a man who wanted to change the world and lives of people.
And he did just that during his 63 years on Earth.
In the wake of his tragic death, Mark Cole from Greensboro, N.C., is the latest person to share how the funnyman changed the lives of his family.
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Ten years ago, Cole’s 5-year-old daughter, Jessica, was dying of brain cancer. Her last wish was to meet her “hero”: Robin.
Like the Genie he so cleverly played in Aladdin, he granted her that wish after the meeting was arranged through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
“Robin Williams was her hero,” he said in a new interview. “She was a huge fan [...] especially [of] Mrs. Doubtfire.”
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Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Jessica Cole Foundation
According to Jessica’s father, the original plan was to have her travel out to California to visit him on set. Unfortunately, her condition worsened and she wasn’t able to make the journey.
“In 2004, it became apparent that there was nothing doctors could do to reserve the process with the tumor growing,” said Cole. “His office called and said he was coming the next day.”
Robin chartered a plane from California to North Carolina for a secret visit in October 2004.
"She was a little disoriented at that point with extra fluid on her brain, it was out of place for her also seeing Robin Williams walk into our home,” he told WFMY News. “She was confused when he first came in. Then he started his Mrs. Doubtfire imitation and then she figured it out pretty quickly."
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Cole remembers Robin’s warmth and kindness during that day he spent with Jessica. The pair played cards and watched football. When she passed away two months later, the Hollywood icon donated a redwood tree in her honor.
Earlier today, Robin’s wife, Susan Schneider, revealed he had been battling the early stage of Parkinson’s disease when he took his own life on Monday, Aug. 11.
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