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Ryan White Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Oct 2020
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We had great faith that with patience, understanding, and education, that my family and I could be helpful in changing their minds and attitudes around.
We began a series of court battles for nine months, while I was attending classes by telephone.
Twice a week I would receive injections or IV's of Factor VIII which clotted the blood and then broke it down.
This brought on the news media, TV crews, interviews, and numerous public appearances.
The school I was going to said they had no guidelines for a person with AIDS.
The first five to six years of my life were spent in and out of the hospital.
The desire to move into a bigger house, to avoid living AIDS daily, and a dream to be accepted by a community and school, became possible and a reality with a movie about my life, The Ryan White Story.
Rumors of sneezing, kissing, tears, sweat, and saliva spreading AIDS caused people to panic.
People would get up and leave so they would not have to sit anywhere near me.
On December 17, 1984, I had surgery to remove two inches of my left lung due to pneumonia. After two hours of surgery the doctors told my mother I had AIDS.
My studies are important to me. I made the honor role just recently, with 2 A's and 2 B's.
My name is Ryan White. I am sixteen years old. I have hemophilia, and I have AIDS.
My family and I held no hatred for those people because we realized they were victims of their own ignorance.
Most recently my battle has been against AIDS and the discrimination surrounding it.
Mayor Koch, of New York, was the first public figure to give me support.
Listening to medical facts was not enough. People wanted one hundred percent guarantees.
I'm just one of the kids, and all because the students at Hamilton Heights High School listened to the facts, educated their parents and themselves, and believed in me.
I was labeled a troublemaker, my mom an unfit mother, and I was not welcome anywhere.
I received thousands of letters of support from all around the world, all because I wanted to go to school.
I came face to face with death at thirteen years old.
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