Ryan White’s mother to speak in Austin


The mother of a Kokomo teenager who died from AIDS in 1990 will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Austin High School auditorium, 401 U.S. 31, Austin.

The event, “The Legacy of Ryan White” as told by his mother, Jeanne White-Ginder, is free and open to the public.

At age 13 on Dec. 17, 1984, White was one of the first children with hemophilia to be diagnosed with HIV. That came at a time when there was no education and hardly any information on HIV or AIDS.

He and his mother gained international attention as they fought for his right to attend school.

White died April 8, 1990, at 18, just months before Congress passed the AIDS bill that bears his name, the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act. It has been reauthorized four times since and now is called the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.

Information: 812-752-8507

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