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Happy Esther Day, a holiday to celebrate love for family and friends! 

Tell a friend or family member that you love them: pick up the phone, make a YouTube video, leave them a voicemail, tell them over coffee. Tag posts about your #Esther Day to share them with the world.

Esther passed away from thyroid cancer in late August 2010, aged 16. The non-profit foundation This Star Won’t Go Out was established in her memory. You can find out more about Esther and donate to TSWGO here.

I’m happy to share this recently commissioned portrait of Miss. Esther Earl!

It was a pleasure working with her parents on this special gift for John Green, and I’m honored to help keep her star burning! :)

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Esther’s story, as well as being an exceptional young lady in her own right, she was also a huge inspiration for John Green’s The Fault in out Stars.

If you are interested, please check out the “This Star Wont Go Out Foundation”, a non-profit foundation headed my Esther’s parents, Lori and Wayne. They continue to serve families with children diagnosed with life-threatening cancer in Esther’s honor. There you can read more about her life and legacy!

We love Esther!

Wishing everyone the best this spring!

Audrey Benjaminsen 2015

(Illustration credit: siriusly-though394)

Happy Esther Day, a holiday to celebrate love for family and friends!

Today, tell a friend or family member that you love them: pick up the phone, make a YouTube video, leave them a voicemail, tell them over coffee. Tag posts about your #Esther Day to share them with the world.

Esther passed away from thyroid cancer in late August 2010, aged 16. The non-profit foundation This Star Won’t Go Out was established in her memory. Find out more about Esther and donate to TSWGO here.

Esther Day is not about metaphors. It is not about gestures. Instead of mass produced greeting cards and baked goods, it calls for an uncommon honesty and bravery.

Esther Day became our favorite holiday in 2010, when John Green uploaded the first annual Esther Day video. Since then, we’ve celebrated on August 3rd with Nerdfighteria and looked forward to it in between.

This year, we’re going all out and hope you’ll do the same.

Today, we are officially launching a new campaign called the Esther Day Project.

Esther Day, at Esther Earl’s request, consists of one important action and a whole lot of heart. We are all challenged to say “I love you” to those they have trouble saying it to.

It sounds simple enough. In truth, it often comes as a challenge – being honest and unapologetic about love almost feels counterintuitive. We flee vulnerability.

This campaign - like Esther Day - is about changing that.

This is what it comes down to: love is awesome. Love is important. Love is what saved the wizarding world and, long before that, its residents. Fandoms become communities when we celebrate loving not just a book or a movie, but each other.

In only a couple of days, The Fault in Our Stars will make its box office debut. Since TFiOS was dedicated to and - in part - inspired by Esther, we can’t think of a better way to kick things off. While you wait for the movie, take a selfie or a picture with your friends - old and just-met-them-in-line alike - making the shape of a heart with your hands and tag them #EstherDay wherever you upload them.

Here are some examples:

You can read more about the campaign here.

From social media (#EstherDay) to IRL, please join us in celebrating love and celebrating each other on August 3rd.

Happy Esther Day! I’d like to take this day to honor a remarkable young lady simply by remembering to tell people that you love them.

Esther Grace Earl was a spunky, energetic, creative individual who’s life was unfortunately cut short two years ago due to metastasized papillary thyroid cancer. She would have been 18 today. She loved to read and was an avid Harry Potter fan. Esther became an online presence where she developed numerous close friendships, uploaded quirky videos, and began a burgeoning involvement in social justice issues. In every way she lived out the values of her namesake, the biblical Queen Esther, who was beautiful and full of grace like a “Star”. In 16 years she packed a lot of living and loving into her life. 

The “This Star Won’t Go out Foundation” was created to honor her memory by financially assisting families struggling through the journey of a child living with cancer. If you are interested in donating or just want to know more details about Esther’s story, their site would be the place to go. :)

Rest in Awesome, Esther!