December 24, 2011

December 24, 2011
A Special Christmas Eve's Story

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Saturday and it is also Christmas Eve. I hope you have had a safe and great week so far. It has been another busy week for Dab the AIDS Bear and me.

Now all of our Teddy Bear Touchdowns are done for the year. We had 31 parties for children with HIV and AIDS around the world helping bring hope and joy to almost 110,000 children. Thanks to all of our donors, volunteers and the organizations who make the events possible.

I had a wonderful god-daughter named Candace who was one of the first children born with HIV in the United States. Every Christmas eve, I would read her a poem which was her favorite, Twas the Night Before Christmas. Unfortunately, Candace passed at age 5 in 1989 because we did not have life saving HIV medications then. In her memory, we read or act out the poem at every holiday events for the kids. I still can remember her smile and giggles as I read to her as she tried to stay awake to be able to see Santa at bedtime.

So in her memory on the 22nd year of her passing, please enjoy the following:

And remember to tell those special ones in your life you love them. You never know when you won't get another chance. None of us are guaranteed tomorrow. I know I would give anything to be able to hold my little girl in my arms again and watch her open her presents on Christmas day.

Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab and Dab the AIDS Bear