Gus Kenworthy Making Cameos to Benefit Health Care Workers

"I can't show my gratitude enough."

Gus Kenworthy wants to send you a very special private message.

The Olympic freeskier and activist shared on Instagram this week that the coronavirus crisis "has been really hard" on him.

"One thing I've learned is that just because we're in isolation it does NOT mean that we're alone," Kenworthy writes. "We really are in this together! If you're struggling with depression and you've been feeling down and worthless, know that I have been too."

"In school, in sports and in life I've always hated asking for help because I've wanted to seem strong, brave, tough, self-assured, etc.," he continues, "but I've realized that sometimes you just need help and when you do you need to ask for it. It's literally what friends are for. Swallow your pride and text a friend saying 'I'm feeling really down, can you talk?' It will help."

"I'm thankful for my friends and all of you for being my support system; I'm thankful for the people who have used this time to create fun, funny content that has made me laugh and offered levity amidst the darkness; I'm thankful for my health and, most especially, I'm thankful for my family. We had some serious scares this past month and it's put into perspective, more than ever before, the importance of family."

Kenworthy revealed that both his 9-month-old nephew and 4-year-old niece had been hospitalized with COVID-19, but they are now recovering at home.

"I'm incredibly thankful and forever grateful to our health care workers on the frontline of this pandemic," Kenworthy writes. "I can't show my gratitude enough but, in an effort to help out, I've decided to join Cameo to make personalized videos for anybody who wants one."

The American Horror Story: 1984 star will donate 100% of his Cameo proceeds to First Responders First, a Thrive Global fund dedicated to medical professionals serving the nation during the coronavirus pandemic. He also pledges to match whatever is raised up to $10,000.

Kenworthy came out publicly as gay in 2015 after winning a silver medal at the 2014 Sochi Games. While he didn’t reach the podium at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, his televised smooch with then-boyfriend Matt Wilkas is believed to be the first same-sex kiss aired during the Olympics.

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