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Jeanne White-Ginder    

AIDS Activist, Director of the Ryan White Foundation & Mother of Ryan White

One week before Christmas in 1984 Jeanne White-Ginder was told that her son Ryan, a hemophiliac, had contracted AIDS from a tainted blood product. Although the doctors gave him only six months to live, Ryan's outlook was positive and he was determined to live a relatively normal life. He wanted to stay in school and Jeanne was determined to give her son his dream. His crusade to remain in school captured the nation's attention and forever changed our view of AIDS and those living with it. Ryan White died five and a half years after being diagnosed with AIDS. Today, his name is an invitation to enjoy life, a call for understanding, and a cry for increased research. In the nearly 30 years since Ryan died, Jeanne White-Ginder has remained an advocate for the HIV/AIDS community. To this day she takes her story on the road, inspiring people throughout the country and the world by sharing Ryan’s messages and her story as a mom.

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