SAVE, Inc. invites you to join us for No Place Like Home: A Conversation With Jeanne White-Ginder
Jeanne White-Ginder will share with us the story of her son Ryan White, who was born with hemophilia and contracted AIDS after receiving a contaminated dosage of a blood clotting product in 1984. Ryan was 13 years old and was attending school and living in Komono, Indiana at the time. Doctors told him he had just six months to live.
However, Ryan remained optimistic and his goal was to return to school and live a normal life while he still could. Unfortunately, that wasn’t so simple. Stigma and fear surrounding the disease was at an all-time high, and Ryan was barred from attending public school. White-Ginder says that Ryan “didn’t want to just sit around and die.” Instead, with his mother’s support, Ryan fought for his right to attend school even after learning that his own teachers had unanimously voted to ban him. White-Ginder remembers her son saying, “You know, they think I’m going to die. They shouldn’t hold their breath, because I’m going back to school.”
Together as a family, they fought for Ryan’s right to go back to school. The longer they fought, the more famous Ryan, and his story, became. Eventually their legal battle gained national attention, and the White family became the face of public education about AIDS and the horrifying discrimination that those diagnosed with the disease faced.
April 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of Ryan White’s death – and calls for all of us to remember his legacy of fighting for what is right, showing compassion for others, and combating against prejudice and discrimination. We look forward to welcoming you to No Place Like Home: A Conversation With Jeanne White-Ginder, which is sure to be an unforgettable and inspiring evening for all.
Drinks and hors d’oeuvres provided!