November 26, 2009
Myspace Graphics, Thanksgiving Graphics at WishAFriend.com
Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Thursday and Dab the AIDS Bear and I would like to wish everyone a very safe and Happy Thanksgiving.
I know I have many things to be thankful for this year. First of all, I am so thankful to all of you who read my daily blog. I am constantly humbled by the thousands of you who send comments and well wishes.
Secondly, I am very thankful for everyone who helps make our Teddy Bear Touchdowns for children with HIV and AIDS around the world a reality. Without your help and generosity, these events to bring hope and joy to these great children would not be possible. This year, we will be making the holidays special for over 6,000 children world wide.
Thirdly, I am thankful to my partner, George, for putting up with my hectic travel schedule. Doing what I do to help, serve and protect my HIV and AIDS community means there are many, many days I am away from home. He also has to put up with me being stressed out, upset and busy trying to help others less fortunate get the services they need to survive while living with HIV and AIDS.
I would like to thank my board of directors and volunteers at Dab the AIDS Bear Project. All of you donate your time while working full time jobs, having families and your own lives to live. So I can not thank you enough.
I would also like to thank our Ambassadors of Hope who travel the world with their Dab the AIDS Bears sharing the 29 year message of hope, helping people with HIV and AIDS and taking pictures. They do so with their own time, energy, effort and money which is more appreciated than I could ever show.
Lastly, I would like to thank my Dad and family for always being there for me. Your love and support has meant more to me than I can ever possibly express and the rock I have always been able to lean on. No parent wants to see their child deal with a life threatening chronic illness. But because I was diagnosed in the early 80s when there was even more stigma attached to HIV and AIDS, I know it was not an easy road for my family. They have shown me what it means to truly stand by a family member no matter what.
Whether you have traveled to be with friends and/or family or if you are someone celebrating Thanksgiving at home alone; I hope it is a special day for you.
Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope and happiness.
big bear hug,