It's still difficult to come to terms with the fact that it would have been Paul Walker's 42nd birthday on Saturday 12th September. And it's even harder to comprehend that it's already been almost 2 years since the Furious actor died tragically in a terrible car collision back in November 2013, leaving a void in our hearts that could never be filled.
Yet, whilst Paul left behind hordes of devoted fans and a loving Furious family, it was arguably a young girl left without a beloved father who suffered the death the most.
And this weekend, in honor of Paul, his 16-year-old daughter Meadow shared an old snapshot of herself as a little girl by her father's side.
She captioned the image:
Reflecting on my father, I found myself reflecting on his passions. His passion for the ocean, his passion for rescuing animals, his passion for helping people and his passion for spontaneous goodwill.
And Meadow's birthday tribute to her dad did not just end at a series of heart-warming words. The teenager also announced on her Instagram that she has devoted herself to furthering her father's philanthropic commitments.
The Paul Walker Foundation
Meadow took to social media announce the foundation of a charity in her father's name, which has the intention to "serve as an enduring light of Paul's unique spirit."
It is very well-known that during his lifetime, Paul was incredibly active in the field of marine biology, making documentaries about sharks for the National Geographic Channel and raising awareness before he became a well-known actor. By furthering Paul's environmental good-will, The Paul Walker Foundation will continue to work on this, aiming to protect the oceans and wildlife, providing grants and scholarships to marine science students.
On the foundation's website, Meadow shares reasons behind her decision to start the charity:
I wanted to start this foundation because I want to share that piece of him with others. I want to share that piece of him with the world. I am tremendously proud to be launching the Paul Walker Foundation on his birthday. I can't think of a better way to celebrate my father.
The mission statement of the Foundation is to "DO GOOD" and in Paul's name, it hopes to empower future generations to be better educated about the challenges facing our oceans in the future.
Paul, we miss you, but we will always value your dedication in teaching us to care for our world. We hope that your legacy lives on in the most wonderful of ways for decades to come!