For Immediate Release
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April 26, 2001
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Mother of Ryan White Comes to IU Northwest
AIDS Memorial Quilt Also On Display

Jeanne White-Ginder, mother of Ryan White and author of Weeding Out the Tears, will discuss her son's courageous fight against AIDS and prejudice on Monday, May 7 at 7 p.m. in the Savannah Center Auditorium at Indiana University Northwest. 

Her story begins one week before Christmas in 1984, when Ginder was told her son Ryan, a hemophiliac, had contacted AIDS from a tainted blood product. Although his doctors gave Ryan only 6 months to live, he remained positive and was determined to live a relatively normal life. Ginder's story of Ryan's bravery through isolation, abuse and international fame will take the audience through the 5 ½ years of his life after his AIDS diagnosis. In 1990, Ryan died with his mother and Elton John at his side.

In tribute to Ryan White and others who have died from the AIDS virus, the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display in the IUN Gallery for Contemporary Art in Savannah Center from May 7 - 11. The AIDS Memorial Quilt has more than 44,000 colorful panels memorializing the life of a person lost to the virus and continues to grow daily.

The Jeanne White-Ginder presentation and the AIDS Memorial Quilt display are open to the community free of charge. For more information telephone Indiana University Northwest at 219-981-4275 or 219-980-6947.

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