March 4th Declared "Gentlemen. . . Hug Your Brides" Day by Michelle's Angels Foundation

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Michelle's Angels Foundation, a prayer and support group memorializes pancreatic cancer victim by helping others, presents its first annual "Gentlemen . . . Hug Your Brides" Day on March 4, 2009. Each year on the first Wednesday of March, the Foundation will honor Michelle Renee Knoll's death, and the spirit of support will come full circle.

Michelle's Angels Foundation is a not-for-profit whose mission is to provide love, hope and assistance to those facing serious illnesses and challenges.

This special day is intended to remind all husbands who are still able to - to hug their brides. And never take their bride, or the love they gift to them, for granted

At the 2008 memorial service for his wife, Michelle Renee Knoll, held in Nashville, Tennessee, Herb Knoll lovingly remembered his wife - whom he always referred to as "my bride." In his eulogy, Knoll encouraged the husbands in the church not to take for granted the presence of their wives by doing the one thing he could no longer do. "Gentlemen . . . hug your brides," Knoll said.

The health struggles of Michelle Renee Knoll became well documented in her adopted community of Nashville, inspiring her friends and supporters to create a virtual prayer community for Michelle, her family, as well as other patients and their families battling debilitating health crises. The community believed those suffering needed to know that someone cared. The virtual community, known as Michelle's Angels, now has hundreds of posted prayer requests and thousands of people - mostly strangers from around the world and every religious denomination - actively praying for strength, comfort and relief on behalf of the sick, dying or deceased.

On March 4, 2009 in remembrance of Michelle Renee Knoll's death, the spirit of support will come full circle as Michelle's Angels Foundation presents its first annual "Gentlemen . . . Hug Your Brides" Day.

"This special day is intended to remind all husbands who are still able to - to hug their brides. And never take their bride, or the love they gift to them, for granted," said Herb Knoll, president of the Foundation. "Whether it's a hug on the way out the door, a verbal hug over the phone during the day, a short note hug left on the counter for her to discover later or a gentle tender hug in the evening, brides everywhere deserve appreciation hugs," added Knoll.

About Michelle's Angel's Foundation:
The Michelle's Angels Foundation, Inc. (http://www.michellesangels.com) is a not-for-profit corporation registered in New York State (501(c)(3) Pending). Its mission is to provide love, hope and assistance to those facing any one of a wide range of illnesses or life's challenges. The Foundation's website serves as the principle vehicle employed by the Foundation to aid others and their loved ones.

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