Ryan White, the courageous teenager who fought discrimination after contracting AIDS, never saw the impact his short life would have on hundreds of thousands of individuals living with HIV and AIDS.
Ryan, who contracted the disease from a blood transfusion in 1984, died in April 1990, only months before the establishment of the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act. The Indiana teen was 18 when he died.
“Ryan White’s courage in the face of sometimes cruel discrimination remains an inspiration for so many even to this day. The fund that was created in his name has saved countless lives and eased the burden on countless others,” said Kim Saruwatari, director of Riverside University Health System (RUHS) - Public Health, which operates several programs paid f