Giving Tuesday, a day to celebrate, champion, and participate in philanthropic efforts and generosity for good causes, falls on November 28 this year, and by Matthew Perry family shares a message with his fans asking for support as he continues his legacy of helping others.
The Matthew Perry Foundationwhich officially launched on November 3, describes itself as the realization of Matthew’s enduring commitment to helping others struggling with the disease of addiction.
On Monday, Perry’s family released a statement to ET, expressing their desire to grow the foundation into a force for good among those struggling with addiction and substance abuse.
“It is important to us as a family to honor Matthew’s legacy,” the statement said. “The potential that the Matthew Perry Foundation has to help people suffering from this disease is something we are proud to showcase to the world.”
Perry’s famous stepfather, Dateline journalist Keith Morrison took to X(Twitter) on Monday to share a link to the foundation’s website and encouraged followers to consider supporting the cause.
“This isn’t something I do often, this pitch. But this year it’s different. And tomorrow is Giving Tuesday,” Morrison wrote. ‘Do what you can; he would have been grateful.”
The actor was a passionate advocate for drug and alcohol recovery programs throughout his life, having battled substance abuse for most of his life.
In an interview with the New York Times in November 2022, Perry said he had spent “probably $9 million or something” over decades trying to get sober, going to rehab about fifteen times.
For his tragic drowning at his Los Angeles home on October 28, Perry said that while Friends This may have been what he was most known for, but it wasn’t what he hoped people would remember him for most.
In an interview from November 2022 about the Q with Tom Power podcast, the actor said he would like to be remembered for who he was as a person and those he helped.
“I would like to be remembered as someone who lived well, loved well and was a seeker,” Perry told the audience during the live taping.
“The best thing about me, bar none, is when someone comes up to me and says, ‘I can’t stop drinking. Can you help me?’ I can say yes and follow through and do it,” Perry said. “And I’ve been saying this for a long time: When I die, I don’t want Friends to be the first thing mentioned: I want That to be the first to be mentioned. And I’ll spend the rest of my life proving that.”
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