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Actor Burt Ward from the 1960’s “Batman” television series is grateful to live in America and is trying to encourage his fans weary of being under lockdown orders during the coronavirus crisis.
The 74-year-old, who starred as Robin, the sidekick for the caped crusader played by Adam West, is working from home amid the coronavirus pandemic, and recently told Fox News how he sees every day as a “gift.”
“My wife and I work from home so not much has changed,” Ward told Fox News.
“As much as I would love to be able to go out and raise awareness — nobody wants to be limited, right? But I’ve found a way to turn things around and do something for our fans while helping dogs.”
Ward’s love of pet rescue and adoption led to a launch of his nonprofit Gentle Giants Dog Rescue and a line of dog food. He is offering fans a treat this month by giving out a signed collectible photo and personalized message to anyone who purchases a large bag of Gentle Giants Dog and Puppy Food at Target.
“I’ve always been an optimistic person. And I tell people all the time, ‘The first hundred years are the hardest. The rest is smooth sailing,’” he said.
Ward, who recently honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, offered encouragement to fans, suggesting they take up a new hobby while abiding stay-at-home orders.
“Every day is precious,” he said.
“Life is the most precious commodity in the entire world. You have to live each day as if it were your last because one day, you will be right. And every moment of every day should be doing something, whatever you can, to create a better life for yourself,” he added.
“In my case, I’m very fortunate to have my wife of 30 years. We’ve devoted our lives to doing things for others. To be able to wake up every single day in the most wonderful country in the world and have the chance to do something for others is truly a gift,” Ward said.
“Each day you can wake up is a blessing,” he continued. “It really is wonderful. So I’m very happy. I would love to do more right now. But we have to be patient and diligent. We have to be careful. I’ve never washed my hands so many times in my life!”
He remarked at all the great acts of kindness he has seen as people have reached out to one another in the face of the global pandemic.
“What I think is so wonderful is watching the amazing American spirit of people coming together,” Ward explained. “We’re seeing people working in hospitals — and some of them are getting sick — and yet they’re so determined to help others.
“The love for our country is just so fantastic and it makes me thrilled. That keeps me going each day. I’m very thrilled that every single day that I get to be on this planet, I can try to make a better world for all of us. And we all have the capability to do just that,” he added.
“Everyone wants to be happy,” he said. “And [I believe] there are three keys to happiness – someone to love, something to do and something to look forward to.”
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