Bob Saget’s favorite charity is getting a lot of money. Joanne Gold, the executive director of the Scleroderma Research Foundation (SRF), told CNN on Thursday that she was grateful for all of the help that had been coming in for her group. Charity has been given $1.5 million by one of Saget’s fellow board members, Gold said. Every donation made in Bob Saget’s name will be matched dollar for dollar by the grant, Gold said.
Gold said in a statement. Before the match was even announced, over $90,000 had been raised by more than 1,500 people from around the world. “Other people who were inspired by Bob have told us that they want to do fundraisers in his honor.”
She said, for example, that the Fredericksburg Nationals, a minor league baseball team in Virginia, wants to honour Bob Saget’s at their “Legends Never Die” game. Another Saget fan wants to do a stream-based fundraiser on the Twitch platform, which is used by many people.
During a fight with scleroderma in 1994, Saget lost his best friend and sister Gay. Saget, who died on Sunday, was 65.
The loss made him want to raise money for research and fight for a cure.
Despite the fact that his sister has the long-term disease, which can harden and tighten connective tissue and skin, the comedian began working with SRF before his sister was diagnosed with it.
Years before his sister got sick, Saget says he was asked to host a comedy fundraiser for a disease that he didn’t know very much about by someone who didn’t know him.
There were Ellen DeGeneres and Rosie O’Donnell and other people at the event. “I said yes, and I was the host,” he said. In a few years, my sister would be diagnosed with the disease. “I didn’t know at the time.”
She was 44 and a teacher in Philadelphia when Saget’s sister first got sick. Prednisone and cortisone, as well as other drugs, were used to treat her, but they only helped her symptoms, her doctor said.
Saget: “She had to move to Los Angeles to live with my parents because she needed so much help. She couldn’t stay with us because she was so sick.” “She died two years after that.”
The “America’s Funniest Videos” host went on to serve on the board of the SRF for almost 20 years and host their events for more than 25 years.