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Ryan White

by Kaylee Smith from United States

114628Ryan White in 1989Wildhartlivie at en.wikipedia [CC BY 3.0]Imagine having AIDS. Imagine kids writing mean notes on your locker, restaurants throwing away the dishes you used when your left, getting expelled from your school, no one talking to you, and even getting a bullet fired your home just because you have AIDS and they don't understand what it is or how it works. All of this happened to Ryan White. Ryan White struggled with AIDS, but he made a big difference in the world through his struggles. Ryan's family was always there for him and helped him through his hard times. He struggled a lot throughout his short life, but he kept persevering even when it was hard. Ryan helped many people and he left behind a legacy. 

Ryan White had AIDS, but he had a lot of support through his tough journey. He was born on December 6, 1971 and died because of AIDS on April 8, 1990 at the age of 18. He got AIDS because he was given contaminated blood when he was young. His mom and dad, Jeanne and Huber White, and sister, Andrea White, helped him along the way. His loving family always supported him and they even decided to move for him because their town wasn’t supporting his conditions.  

Ryan has had a lot of struggles throughout his life. He was diagnosed with AIDS when he was thirteen years old. People didn't like him because they didn't understand AIDS, so they did very mean thing to him and even a bullet was fired at his home. No one would talk to Ryan, he was expelled from his school, and his town wasn't very accepting so, his family had to move. Having AIDS was hard enough for him, but with everyone being so rude to him it made everything worse. 

137324President Barack Obama signs the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009White House Photographer Jeffrey Crowley http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2009/10/30/honoring-legacy-ryan-white [Public domain]Ryan White made a big difference in the world and worked really hard to help people. Ryan became the face of AIDS and helped people understand it. He took part in the fundraising and educational campaigns for this disease until he died. Congress passed the Ryan White Care Act in his honor, right after he died. He always helped people fight AIDS even when it was hard for him to fight it himself.  

Ryan White left behind a legacy and always wanted to help people and put them before himself. He helped people figure out AIDS while he battled it, even when it was hard. Ryan helped to increase public awareness that HIV/AIDS was a significant epidemic. The Ryan White Care Act still remains the largest provider of services for people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States.   

"Because of the lack of education on AIDS discrimination, fear, panic, and lies surround me" - Ryan White. Ryan White was a very brave person who struggled with AIDS but he always fought for what he believed in. He has taught me to be determined and always help other people. He has taught me this because he always tried to make people understand AIDS even when people were unkind to him about it. Ryan White may not be very famous, but he was definitely a hero.

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