December 25, 2009

December 25, 2009
Merry Christmas

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Friday and it is December 25th... Christmas Day!

I hope you are having a safe and great day whether you are at home or traveling to spend this special day with friends and/or relatives. I am currently in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida spending my first Christmas with George. Luckily here in South Florida, it is a warm but overcast day unlike most of the rest of the country which is buried in snow. But then I am not a lover of the cold or snow so that is fine with me. I can live without a white Christmas.

Every year, people have their various wishes for the holidays. And because of you, my Christmas wish was granted this year. With your help and assistance Dab the AIDS Bear and I were able to bring hope and joy to over 5,600 children with HIV and AIDS around the world. Some of the pictures from the events are now posted under the Teddy Bear Touchdown section of our website.

We would also like to thanks our many sponsors from around the world. Because of your generosity, our Teddy Bear Touchdowns are made possible.

Many of you have heard me speak around the country but for those of you who have not; the reason these events are so important to me is because my god-daughter passed away from complications due to AIDS twenty years ago. Every Christmas eve, she loved to have me read Twas the Night Before Christmas to her. And I have continued the tradition at all of our Teddy Bear Touchdowns for the kids in her memory.

Dab the AIDS Bear and I have been truly humbled and touched by all of you who worked so hard in each of your cities to make these events happen and to pay for our transportation and lodging to attend the events. The best Christmas present I could ever be given is seeing the smiles and laughter of these great children while they receive their presents. You made the dream possible of reaching as many children affected and effected by HIV and AIDS and helping me fulfill a 20 year old promise to my god-daughter that I made to her as she was dying which was to bring hope and joy to children like her.

See in the '80s, people did not want children with HIV and AIDS. Doctors did not want to treat them. Schools and most parents did not want them in classes with their HIV negative children. Even today, many children with HIV and AIDS deal with stigma, side effects while living in foster care, orphanages or being raised by relatives or in single parent families. Without your help, many of them would not have received any Christmas gifts. So from the bottom of Dab the AIDS Bear's and my heart... THANK YOU!

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

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab and Dab the AIDS Bear