San Diego Comic Con, also known as SDCC, is an annual entertainment and comic extravaganza celebrating the world of fantasy/science fiction in comics, film, television, books, art and more. As a lover of all of these I’ve sworn to mark this off my bucket list sometime in the near future. Until then, I live vicariously through others on Twitter.
One of my favorite shows is Supernatural. Supernatural is one of the most popular panels at SDCC which is not surprising if you’ve ever read anything about the show. The cast and crew are some of the nicest people in the business and a large part of that is because they truly appreciate their fans. In fact, they adore their fans so much and vice versa that our fandom is known as the SPNFamily.
On Sunday June 12th about 7,000 people packed Hall H for the Supernatural panel. Right before the panel took questions 1,200 people held up electronic tealight candles with “Always Keep Fighting” on them. This was to support actor Jared Padalecki who plays the youngest of the Winchester boys, Sam.
For the last several months Jared has done something I’ve found rare and extraordinary for a celebrity: shared his ongoing struggle with depression. He is so passionate about it he’s on his third t-shirt campaign with proceeds going to To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA) NUMBER THREE FOR THIRTY-THREE: JARED PADALECKI RELEASED THIRD ‘ALWAYS KEEP FIGHTING’ T-SHIRT TO COINCIDE WITH HIS BIRTHDAY. What I find most admirable is that he doesn’t just mention it here and there; he continues to talk about his battle and encourages others to do the same. This is why I agree with MTV as to Why Jared Padalecki’s Battle With Depression Deserves The Biggest Birthday Present Of All.
Here’s the link to the SDCC 2015 video Always Keep Fighting Candle Salute SDCC 2015 and Jared’s response Jared Padalecki Responds to Incredible Fan Surprise Supporting His Battle With Depression: “It Took Everything Not to Cry”.
*I’d like to dedicate this post to Anne, Random Acts, RA creator and angel extraordinaire Misha Collins, everyone that attended the Supernatural panel in Hall H, anyone that’s shared their story, anyone suffering from depression, anxiety or any other mental illness and those that support them, the SPNFamily, the Supernatural cast and crew, Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki. You give us the strength to Always Keep Fighting.