The life of Ryan White

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The life of Ryan White


He was befriended by many celebrities, including Michael Jackson, Elton John, Phil Donahue and Elizabeth Taylor, AIDS activists themselves.During 1985-1989, he appeared at schools and AIDS fundraisers throughout the country and gave moving testimony before the President's Commission on AIDS. Ryan was inducted in the Mickey Mouse Club Hall of Fame and presented with “The Mickey Award” for children who make a difference.

Lasting Impact

Ryan Care Act It is the centerpiece of the federal government’s efforts to improve the quality and availability of care for medically underserved individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS.

Citations White: My Own Story By Ryan White and Ann Marie Cunningham


Ryan speaking out about his disease


The Life of Ryan White

Ephesians 4:18 ESV"They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart."

Ryan Wayne White (December 6, 1971 born in Kokomo, Indiana, U.S.– Died April 8, 1990 in Indianapolis, Indiana at age 18)

An American teenager from Kokomo, Indiana, who became a national poster child for HIV/AIDS in the United States, after being expelled from middle school because of his infection.

My family and I held no hatred for those people because we realized they were victims of their own ignorance.-Ryan White

When he was born, he was circumsised and would not stop bleeding which the led doctors to diagnose him with extreme hemophilia at just three days old.

Doctors said he posed no risk to other students, but AIDS was poorly understood at the time.

When White tried to return to school, many parents and teachers in Kokomo rallied against his attendance due to concerns of the disease spreading through bodily fluid transfer as several children recited the claim that White had threatened them with saliva and blood.

AIDS can destroy a family if you let it, but luckily for my sister and me, Mom taught us to keep going. Don't give up, be proud of who you are, and never feel sorry for yourself.-Ryan White

In the Fall of 1989, Ryan was on cover of a special issue of LIFE, The 80's


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