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#SDCC15: See the Amazing Tribute to Jared Padalecki’s Always Keep Fighting Campaign



San Diego Comic-Con

Back in May our own Jon Condit penned a heartfelt open letter to “Supernatural” star Jared Padalecki, who was going through some personal struggles at the time. The outpouring of support for Jared and his #AlwaysKeepFighting campaign was pretty impressive, but it was nothing compared to what happened during the show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel on Sunday (July 12).

The Q&A ended with the packed audience of more than 7,000 fans holding up candles for Always Keep Fighting. Padelecki, who has been open about his own mental health issues, started the campaign to help people struggling with depression, self-injury, addiction, and suicide.

“I’m holding the candle in my pocket right now; I can’t let go of it,” Padelecki told E! News, who spoke with him right after the tribute.  “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.”

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Along with the candles that were passed out to the crowd came this note: “Everyone is given a candle that burns just for them. When your flame flickers and you fear it will go out, know not even 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.”

“I just want to say thank you so much,” Padalecki said to the fans who organized the candle surprise. “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,” he added, wiping away a tear. “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.”





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