‘Supernatural’ star Jared Padalecki has been open about his struggle with depression. It inspired him to start the “Always Keep Fighting” campaign. Fans surprised him with a show of support at the ‘Supernatural’ panel at Comic Con yesterday.
The 7,000 fans in the audience each held up a candle in honor of the “Always Keep Fighting” campaign. Jared said afterwards:
I’m holding the candle in my pocket right now, I can’t let go of it. 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.”
I guess not: talk about a sweet and special thing to do! Jared shared a picture on twitter:
— Jared Padalecki (@jarpad) July 12, 2015
Along with each candle was a note that read:
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.”
Okay, now my eyes are stinging. Jared teared up himself while expressing his gratitude to the fans who organized the surprise.
I just want to say thank you, so much. It’s stuff that I have dealt with and I’m still dealing with so it means so much to me. I hope the fans feel support from me the way I feel support from them. I love them all very much. I really do. Fight for each other. Love each other. Always keep fighting.
“I’m so humbled. With the Always Keep Fighting campaign, it feels a lot like it’s grown into something bigger than I ever could have imagined. And it’s the same with the show, and this character and guys I’ve been working with for 11 years now. It’s so cool and so, so humbling. I feel like I’m the old guy here! I’ve been here for 11 years doing Comic-Con but it’s such a cool experience. I mean, this is what I dreamed of as a kid. I am so, so humbled.”
I bet that was an amazing moment: I wish I could’ve been there!
Photo Courtesy of Jared Padalecki