Tuesday, 4 January 2011

the family gathering at last - and time for another candle

A couple of weeks late and smaller than planned, we finally had our family festive gathering on Sunday in Bristol, enjoying a bring-and-share meal and belatedly opening presents.  Esme, the youngest member of the wider Wride clan kept everyone entertained while we caught up with each others news and talked about future plans. Such a pity than not everyone in the family could make it this time round - still we raised our glasses to those absent and saluted the New Year for everyone!  I hope so much we will all be able to get together again in December for the 2011 family festive gathering.

All over the world today, people will be taking part in another tradition which is new to us - lighting candles in honour of mesothelioma victims.  Those who lost the battle were honoured on 28 December.  Today, the candles are in honour of those who are still alive and fighting the disease. Steve's name is on the 2010 warriors list.  The event is organized by the ADAO to symbolize that the flame of hope and courage burns brightly.  By lighting candles between 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm local time today, with membership spread throughout the world, there should be a candle alight for the entire 24 hours. 

If you would like to show your support for Steve and other mesothelioma warriors, please light four virtual candles this evening - to remind us of love; renew our hope, give us courage and strengthen our pledge to continue fighting the disease.  You can access the "Light a Candle Community" via the link top right under "Show your support".  Thank you.  


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