June 26, 2011

June 26, 2011
Last Day in St. Petersburg

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Sunday and I hope you have been having a safe and great weekend. Dab the AIDS Bear and I have been in St. Petersburg, Florida celebrating the largest pride event in Florida.

It has been a fantastic weekend seeing old friends and meeting a ton of new friends. We would like to thank everyone for making Dab the AIDS Bear and I feel so welcomed and loved.

Yesterday, Dab the AIDS Bear and I were on the float for AIDS Services of Pinellas County (ASAP) and had a fantastic time. The cheers and shouts from the people at Pride were over whelming in their love and support as were all the people from ASAP.

We would also like to thank all of you who had your picture taken with Dab the AIDS Bear in support of people living with HIV and AIDS. It was amazing how many people shared their stories about living with HIV and AIDS or those of loved ones who are living with HIV or have lost their battle with AIDS. We are truly touched and are so appreciative of the sharing.

Besides thanking ASAP, we would also like to thank the owners of Flamingo Resort and their staff for making sure Dab the AIDS Bear and I had everything we need for the weekend. You folks threw great events and made a fantastic atmosphere for everyone to have a great weekend.

Many thanks to my friend Fran for opening her home and making the weekend memorable for us. We love you and are so honored to be able to called you friend and "Mom". Thanks for all you do for helping people with HIV and AIDS. You care an inspiration and role model to others.

Last but not least there is one more person I would like to thank named Eduardo. You made pride weekend so special. I enjoyed our long talks and am honored to be your role model and inspiration. I wish you all the best in your volunteering and nursing school. You are not only going to help so many people with your caring nature but through volunteering make such a difference in people's lives. If I played only a small part in that I am honored. You definitely made this pride one I will never forget.

So once again, thanks to all of you at St. Petersburg Pride for making it such a wonderful weekend for Dab the AIDS Bear and myself. Wishing all of you the best in the future.

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab