Fans gathered at the Supernatural panel at Comic-Con to pay tribute to Jared Padalecki and his battle with depression.
Approximately, over 7,000 fans lit a candle in support of the actor’s “Always Keep Fighting” campaign to help raise money for nonprofit To Write Love On Her Arms an organization that supports people dealing with depression, addiction, self-harm and suicide.
“I‘m holding the candle in my pocket right now, I can’t let go of it,” Jared told E! News moments right after the panel. “At first I didn’t know what it is. I thought people were holding up their iPhones or something. And then someone handed me the note explaining it and I found out what was really going on. It took everything in my power not to cry.”
Along with the candles that were passed out to the crowd came a note: “Everyone is given a candle that burns just for them. When your flame flickers and you fear it will go out, know not seven the strongest wind lasts forever; and there are other lights to guide you even in the Darkness…And when your candle burns bright, you can ignite the hearts of others and hope will spread like wildfire…Always Keep Fighting, and you’ll never fight alone.”
“This is so touching and humbling and honoring,” said Jared. “I don’t have the proper words to say thank you or how humbled and honored and excited I am and keep it up, guys. Thank y’all so much.”
According to The Huffington Post, Jared has offered words of support to others dealing with similar issues.
“I say constantly that there’s no shame in dealing with these things,” he said. “There’s no shame in having to fight every day, but fighting every day, and presumably, if you’re still alive to hear these words or read this interview, then you are winning your war. You’re here. You might not win every battle. There are going to be some really tough days. There might be several tough times in any given single day, but hopefully, this will help somebody to think, ‘This isn’t easy; it is a fight, but I’m going to keep fighting,’ and that’s why we did this [Always Keep Fighting campaign].”
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