Here's Robin Williams Helping a Cancer Patient Finish Her Bucket List
Months before Robin Williams took his own life after struggling with severe depression and the early stages of Parkinson's Disease, the actor made this heartbreaking personal video for a New Zealand woman with terminal cancer.
Vivian Waller, a 21-year-old mom now in hospice care for lung, bowel, and liver cancer, had "meet Robin Williams" as one of the items on her bucket list. Although Waller was too ill to fly to the U.S., one of her friends managed to reach Williams, and he agreed to do the next best thing: Sending some love to her and her family on video.
Waller's husband, Jack, told Stuff the message was recorded in April, but the Wallers released it after Williams' death because "we love him, we want to show people how awesome a person he was."
With Williams' contribution, Waller has managed to check off all but one of the items on her bucket list: She got married, made it to her 21st birthday, and watched her daughter, Sophie, turn one year old. The only thing she won't be able to do is travel to Rarotonga, in the Cook Islands.
Jack says he hasn't discussed the actor's suicide with his wife, because he just wants her to enjoy the time she has left.