Happy Esther Day!

Hello all! Today, I wanted to post about somebody who has been an inspiration to me and countless others in her compassion, strength, kindness, sense of humor, and love for others. Esther Grace Earl was born on August 3rd, 1994, and lived an action-packed, happy life. She was diagnosed with metastasized papillary thyroid cancer in 2006, but didn’t let her diagnosis completely take over. Through her love of Harry Potter (http://thehpalliance.org) and Nerdfighteria (https://www.youtube.com/user/vlogbrothers), she became an active Youtuber, spreading her heartfelt messages of love through funny, quirky videos. (Here’s her Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdZb9xjim9qjnIwAuQpvWJA) On August 25, 2010, soon after her sixteenth birthday, Esther passed away. But with her buoyant personality and practically unfaltering spirit, she continues to be a presence in many lives. Esther’s family created This Star Won’t Go Out, an organization that helps families with children who have life-threatening cancer. Visit their website here: http://tswgo.org. Many of Esther’s beautiful, whimsical journal entries, as well as messages from her loving friends and family, have been compiled into the This Star Won’t Go Out book. All proceeds benefit the Earls’ foundation, which provides financial assistance for families facing pediatric cancer. Esther was also part of the inspiration for John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. Although the novel is not about Esther, the life and character of Hazel Grace Lancaster were undoubtedly shaped by Esther’s life and wonderful personality. So today, August 3rd, is Esther Day. When John and Hank Green of the Vlogbrothers Youtube channel asked their friend Esther what she wanted their videos to be about on her birthday each year, “she wanted it to be a day to celebrate love for family and friends.” Since 2010, Esther Day has helped to spread messages of love for friends and family, and to verbalize that love in the time that we are fortunate enough to have on this Earth. In some of Esther’s diary entries in the TSWGO book, she expresses her desire to help other people, to do more for others despite her own predicament. Esther and her family have succeeded in accomplishing this goal; their family charity founded and operated in her memory has helped so many families undergoing similar treatments, financial confusion, and emotions, and will continue to do so until childhood cancer ceases to exist. This Star Won’t Go Out is definitely worth looking into; today, let’s all verbalize our love for our family and friends, and, as Esther said, “Just be happy, and if you can’t be happy, do things that make you happy. Or do nothing with the people that make you happy.” We hope to be able to one day collaborate with This Star Won’t Go Out- we will keep you posted. Remember, “Live fully and love deeply no matter the obstacle or length of days.” (PC to This Star Won’t Go Out)

Esther with author and friend John Green during her Make-A-Wish weekend.

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