Bob Saget is a television host, actor and comedian. He is also a very vocal advocate for scleroderma.
Saget’s involvement with the scleroderma community began in 1989 when he met Sharon Monsky, the founder of the Scleroderma Research Foundation. Back then the foundation was in its infancy and Monsky asked Saget if he would host a comedy event called “Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine” to raise awareness and funds for the foundation. Despite knowing very little about the disease, he agreed.
In a strange twist of fate, Saget became even more familiar with the autoimmune disease in 1992, when his 44-year-old sister, Gay Saget, was diagnosed with scleroderma. Sadly, Gay passed away from complications of the disease just two years later.
To honor his sister’s memory, Saget has continued his involvement in the community, contributing in many ways. Below, we’ve listed just a few of the things he’s done.
“Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine” Fundraiser
The “Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine” has become an annual event, with Saget hosting each year. The event now features other top comedians, along with actors, musicians and celebrity chefs. This year’s event paid tribute to Saget’s contribution to the organization over the years and raised $1.5 million for the Scleroderma Research Foundation.