If I said the name Robin McGraw, you may not recognize it right away. If, however, I said Dr. Phil’s wife, that would definitely ring a bell. If you’ve ever seen her you know she’s a petite woman. If you heard her speak, you’d realize the adage, good things come in small packages is definitely true here. She fills the room with a fire in her voice arising from a true passion for her foundation, “When Georgia Smiles.”
Robin has been a New York bestselling author twice, and is noted as being a lifetime philanthropist. She created this foundation with the mission “to create and advance programs that help women and children, especially those affected by domestic violence, live healthy, safe, and joy-filled lives.”
Why does she do it? Why does she care so much about victims of domestic violence that she would dedicate a big portion of her life to this cause? It all goes back to a night when she was 13 years old. She had been raised in poverty because her father drank too much and gambled away anything they would get. Several “bad” men knocked on their door when she was in bed. Her mother answered and they demanded to know where her father was. Her mother stood up to them. She refused to let them in her house and shut the door in their face. Her mother looked 10 ft. tall to her at that time. She decided that if her mother could stand up to this kind of person, so could she.
She vowed at that time she’d never marry anyone who drank. That’s one of the first questions she asked Phillip (Dr. Phil) about. He didn’t drink. He said he thought he was allergic. They’ve been married 38 years.
Why did she name this foundation “When Georgia Smiled”? Her mother’s name was Georgia. She named the foundation in honor of her mother. She didn’t say it, but I guess if your mother can look 10 ft. tall to you, then when she smiled at you everything seemed like it would be alright.
She recently announced her new program called the Aspire Initiative. It’s a curriculum on domestic violence education. The goal of this initiative is to prevent the violence before it starts. They want to halt violent behavior that may have already started and give the victims a safe way out. They help with resources needed in their times of trouble.
If you’ve never seen Robin McGraw, you can see her every day on her husband’s TV program, Dr. Phil. She always has a big smile and has become a friendly voice the audience likes to hear speak. Saving victims of domestic violence is truly her passion and she speaks of it often.
She has worked for years helping to improve the lives of victims, mainly children and women. Her mother didn’t know that when she shut that door on the “bad” guys that she lit a spark in her daughter that has now become a fire.
Written by Sandra Rockwood for 50 PLUS REPORT Online Magazine.