Matthew Perry in 2009. (Matt Sayles/AP)

(CNN) -- Matthew Perry's family is seeking help honoring his legacy.

A foundation was launched earlier this month in Perry's name, following the "Friends" star's death at the age of 54 in October.

Ahead of "Giving Tuesday," which is a global movement designed to encourage donations to nonprofits, Perry's family released a statement to People magazine.

"It is important for us as a family to honor Matthew's legacy," the statement read. "The potential for the Matthew Perry Foundation to help those suffering from this disease is something we are proud to bring to the world."

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His stepfather, journalist Keith Morrison, known for his work on "Dateline," posted a call on social media on Monday.


"This is not the kind of thing I usually do, this calling. But this year is different," she wrote in X. "And tomorrow is Giving Tuesday. Do what you can; He would have been grateful."

"The Matthew Perry Foundation is the realization of Matthew's enduring commitment to helping others struggling with the disease of addiction," the organization's website states. "He will honor his legacy and be guided by his own words and experiences, and driven by his passion to make a difference in as many lives as possible."

The site's front page also includes quotes from Perry.

"When I die, I don't want 'Friends' to be the first thing mentioned; I want the first thing mentioned to be helping others. And I'm going to live the rest of my life proving it," the quotes say. "Addiction is too powerful for anyone to beat alone. But together, one day at a time, we can defeat it."

The actor struggled with substance abuse for years and openly advocated for addiction treatment.

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