“In every country he traveled to Michael always took the time to visit orphanages and children’s hospitals, insisting on seeing those who were the worst off. I often went with him on these visits to the pediatric departments of the hospitals and personally saw him stay late into the night at the bedside of critically ill children, giving them hope and even singing to them”, recalls Helnwein. “He wanted to look at the medical charts of the children and, often spontaneously, offered to cover all the costs of the life-saving operations and treatment. During these visits there were no reporters, photographers or other media representatives present. Most of his many humanitarian activities indeed never found their way into press reports and he never mentioned them publicly either. There is no other pop star that has contributed so much to social and humanitarian causes as Michael Jackson. It estimated that over the course of his lifetime he donated about 500 million dollars to the causes that were so important to him”.