After the death of Matthew Perry On October 28 at the age of 54, a foundation was created in the actor’s name. As announced in a press release Friday morning, the Matthew Perry Foundation accepts donations to help people facing addiction.
“In the spirit of Matthew Perry’s long-standing commitment to helping others struggling with the disease of addiction, we embarked on a journey to honor his legacy by establishing the Matthew Perry Foundation, guided by his own words and experiences and driven by their passion for making a difference in as many lives as possible,” reads the foundation’s inaugural statement.
The organization also cites Perry’s hope to be remembered, first and foremost, as a person who helped others struggling with addiction.
“When I die, I don’t want ‘Friends’ to be the first thing mentioned; I want the first thing mentioned to be helping others”Perry said on the “Q With Tom Power” podcast in 2022, promoting his memoir. “I’m going to live the rest of my life proving it. Addiction is too powerful for anyone to overcome alone. But together, one day at a time, we can defeat it.”
Matthew Perry’s fight against his addictions
Perry, best known for playing Chandler Bing on the beloved comedy “Friends”, spoke openly about his struggle with drug and alcohol abuse. After a jet ski accident in 1997, he became addicted to Vicodin and went to rehab in 2001. He later converted his former Malibu residence into a sober living center called Perry House, which operated until 2015.
The foundation is sponsored and maintained by the National Philanthropic Trust, a public charity and leader in donor-advised funds that has raised more than $49 billion since its inception.
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