Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Monday and it is also Christmas Eve. I hope you had a beary safe and great weekend. It has been another busy weekend for Dab the AIDS Bear and me as we finished up our holiday parties for children living with HIV and AIDS around the world.
Now all of our Teddy Bear Touchdowns are done for the year. We had 35 parties for children with HIV and AIDS around the world helping bring hope and joy to almost 160,000 children. Thanks to all of our donors, volunteers and the organizations who make the events possible.
Sometimes in life if you're lucky, you have a special person come into your life and change everything. For me, it was my 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 shortly before her 5th birthday 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 23nd year of her passing, please enjoy the following:
While I still love Christmas, it is a little less bright without my little girl with me. Please remember to tell those special ones in your life you love them. You never know when you might not 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!