Ryan White: My Own Story by Ryan WhiteI met Ryan White and his mother as he was working the circuit, raising AIDS awareness. AIDS wasnt well understood or even very well known about at all (some people had never heard of it) - it was at CBS, where my stepfather worked for the CBS Morning News at the time. I happened to go in to work with him that day and Ryan and Mrs. White were there to do an interview. Before he was brought into the studio, everyone on the set was informed that the child about to do an interview had AIDS. Every person was offered the option of staying for the shoot or setting up their equipment and exiting the studio during the interview. I was appalled that nearly every person walked out of the room. That broke my heart and that experience has always stayed with me. I was a handful of years older than Ryan (and young myself, at the time), but he impressed me so greatly! He carried himself with such dignity and was so mature, so brave, and so at ease in his own skin. When this book came out, I knew I had to read it. Almost like an obligation (which I was happy to fulfill). An amazing child, an amazing story - well worth the read.
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RYAN WHITE as one of Michael Jackson’s child friends
The song was dedicated to the memory of Ryan White, a teenager from Indiana who came to national attention after being expelled from his school for having HIV. April 8, will mark the 25th anniversary of the death of Ryan White. The Russiaville teenager made national headlines just trying to go to school when the disease was so scary and unknown. My top priority was keeping Ryan alive as long as I could; number two was keeping my daughter Andrea involved in our family because it was so chaotic. Number three was my job at GM which I needed so badly and down the list was the fight to go to school, but it gave Ryan hope. Jeanne White-Ginder is in Indianapolis for a book launch about her son. His smiles hid the struggles of fighting a disease and having to move to a new community for acceptance.
Or win the hearts of former presidents. Then again, Ryan White was not like most teenagers. Ryan was 13 when he was diagnosed with AIDS in , a result of contaminated factor infusions he had received to treat his severe hemophilia A. Ryan did not return blow for blow, even when kids taunted him and adults treated him like a leper. Instead, he identified their underlying fear and ignorance, remedying them through education. Ryan was diagnosed with hemophilia days after his birth on December 6,
Ryan Wayne White (December 6, – April 8, ) was an American teenager from . Singers John Mellencamp, Elton John and Michael Jackson, actor Matt Frewer, diver Greg Louganis, President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy.
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As a hemophiliac , he became infected with HIV from a contaminated factor VIII blood treatment and, when diagnosed in December , was given six months to live. Doctors said he posed no risk to other students, as AIDS is not an airborne disease and spreads solely through body fluids, but AIDS was poorly understood by the general public at the time. When White tried to return to school, many parents and teachers in Howard County rallied against his attendance due to concerns of the disease spreading through bodily fluid transfer. A lengthy administrative appeal process ensued, and news of the conflict turned Ryan into a popular celebrity and advocate for AIDS research and public education. Surprising his doctors, Ryan White lived five years longer than predicted.
But I bet very few people know the story of friendship between Michael and Ryan. Imagine the s. It was the time when everybody was panicky about AIDS as a new fatal and contagious disease and was highly on their guard with those who contracted it. People were afraid to sit next to AIDS victims and breathe the same air with them. An incredibly famous and busy young man would spend his precious spare time with ill children like Ryan White instead of going to parties or living a carefree life full of joy and self-indulgence? And would take the trouble of calling his small friend, arranging his trips, buying him presents and lavishing him with attention while all this time he could have taken care of himself or relaxed from his hard work? Can any of us be really capable of anything like that?