GKTW founder Henri Landwirth dies at age 91

Posted Tuesday, April 17, 2018 2:36 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Henri Landwirth, who survived a Nazi concentration camp in his youth to devote his life to bringing joy to critically ill children through Kissimmee’s Give Kids The World, died late Monday at age 91. Since its launch in 1989, Landwirth’s charity has given all-expenses-paid dream vacations to more than 160,000 children and their families from throughout the nation and at least 75 foreign nations.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018 3:58 PM

I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Landwirth at the GKTW Village in 2000. At that time, I was working for Perkins Restaurant and Bakery and we had restaurant on the grounds that we were able to go and work a shift twice a year. He was a genuine guy and had an amazing heart. He explained to me why we don't use the term "terminally ill" and rather use the term "life-threatening illnesses". That short conversation stuck with him forever. His legacy and his contributions to the world will live on forever.

Last edited by DS, Tuesday, April 17, 2018 3:59 PM
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018 11:19 AM

If Heaven has a Fastpass/Express line he is in it.

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