Reeves is no stranger to the struggles of cancer patients. His sister, Kim has been victim to it.
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Keanu Reeves has stolen many hearts over the years, but that's not just because of his onscreen charisma. It has a lot to do with his compassion, humility, and philanthropy. Recently, the actor promised to appear during an online auction for Camp Rainbow Gold, an Idaho-based children's cancer charity. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Reeves has committed to a 15-minute Zoom call to the highest bidder. Describing its nearly 50-lot auction, Camp Rainbow Gold explained that the event would serve as a boost to its fundraising efforts for the organization as a different event had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Reeves, who has been quietly making donations to children's hospitals, is offering to answer questions and might even be sharing a (virtual) glass of wine. Time and again, the 55-year-old actor has proven that he is doing everything in his power to make the world a better place. Among many of his good deeds is the time when he was fairly quiet about making donations towards cancer research and children's hospitals. "I have a private foundation that’s been running for five or six years, and it helps aid a couple of children’s hospitals and cancer research. I don’t like to attach my name to it, I just let the foundation do what it does," he was quoted saying in a Ladies Home Journal article, according to Snopes.
Calling out life values: Actor Keanu Reeves secretly funds children’s hospitals around the world. He donates most of his earnings to charities and hospitals, he doesn’t own a mansion, lives an ordinary life, and rides the NYC subway to work: https://t.co/uBGJGBItm5— Juliet Mabey #BlackLivesMatter (@Jule9) December 16, 2018
The actor is no stranger to the devastation cancer can cause someone you deeply love. Keanu's sister, who he described as "the very special woman in my life," was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer. the actor stood bravely beside her as she battled for her life. "I love Kim," he told Woman's Day. "She's so brave, and I want the very best for her. You can star in hit movies, but that's nothing compared to going through what Kim's been through." The star's sister Kim expressed, "Keanu helped me so much through my illness. When the pain got really bad, he would sit with me and hold my hand, and keep the 'bad man' from making me dance. He was supporting me and comforting me all the time, even when he was away." Ever since then Keanu has been donating to cancer charities in honor of Kim.
Keanu Reeves is the Absolute greatest guy out there. Keanu,— Hey Trumpers🌹🌼🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🌸🌻 (@cheri_rotruck) April 7, 2019
I adore you ,not just because you are a famous actor but because most of all...How you love your sister Kim! You have been there for her all the time. I wish you were my brother💖
The mission of the organization is to "provide emotionally empowering experiences to Idaho’s children diagnosed with cancer and their families." Speaking about their decision to make turn their auction into an online event, Camp Rainbow Gold executive director Elizabeth Lizberg said, "We quickly realized we wouldn’t be the only ones moving our fundraiser to an online auction. We also realized after months at home, people are craving connections and experiences that are safe but fulfilling."
In addition the John Wick star, there will be other celebrities taking part in this event as well. This includes a 15-minute private Zoom concert by former Fifth Harmony member Ally Brooke, even legendary voice actor Rob Paulsen will be mimicking a few of "his memorable characters from Jimmy Neutron to Pinky and the Brain, while also donating swag and a recorded voicemail message. Other offers include a signed Andy Grammer guitar; a spa day; custom tattoo design; and getaways to Mexico, a dude ranch, and Sun Valley," reports THR. The campaign will begin on June 15 at 12 p.m. PST and last until June 22. You can click here to learn more about the auction and the things they are offering.