Inspired by the courageous story of young girl who had lost her battle with a rare form of cancer, professional comedian â€œCowboyâ€ Bill Martin decided to do his part to make a difference in the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses, creating the Cowboys Who Care Foundation which provides financial support, smiles and free cowboy hats to these special children.
A regular performer in Carnival Cruise Linesâ€™ Punchliner Comedy Clubs, Martin came up with the idea of providing cowboy hats as a unique way to bring smiles to kidsâ€™ faces. â€œAs a father, I wanted to do something to help as all I could think about were these beautiful children with big smiles and bald heads. And then it hit me â€“ no kid wants to wear a wig, but what kid wouldnâ€™t want to wear a cowboy hat, healthy or otherwise?â€
Since Cowboys Who Care was founded in May 2012, the organization has provided more than 1,600 cowboy hats to patients at childrenâ€™s hospitals throughout the country, while raising funds to provide financial support to the childrenâ€™s families.
While Martinâ€™s primary focus is making guests laugh, during his performances at Carnivalâ€™s Punchliner Comedy Clubs the professional funnyman always makes it a point to remind guests that they too can make a difference in peopleâ€™s lives. â€œSure, I always want to keep â€™em laughing but the Punchliner Comedy Clubs provide me with an incredible platform to remind people to cherish every moment and not to take the blessings of their lives for granted.â€
Additional information on the Cowboys Who Care Foundation is available at www.cowboyswhocare.org. Information on â€œCowboyâ€ Bill Martin is available at www.cowboybill.com.