Ryan Lewis and his collaborator Macklemore announced they started the 30/30 Project which is a non-profit to raise money for affordable healthcare worldwide
. This is a really laudable goal, although ESPN might make them change that name. Ryan Lewis says he was motivated to start the foundation because his mother is living with HIV and has been doing so since 1984 when she was given a blood transfusion during the birth of her oldest daughter. She subsequently had three other children, none of whom have contracted the disease and her husband never contracted it either.
Back in 1984, anyone who contracted HIV was basically being given a death sentence. You never heard of anyone surviving more than a few years. AZT was in the laboratory and didn't become FDA approved until 1987. In May 1984, was the first time everyone finally agreed that HIV was the cause of AIDS. I know of one man who says he was diagnosed back in 1981. It is so rare to find anyone who was diagnosed as early as Ryan's mother still alive and I think it is amazing and I wish she would have shared her story long before now. I have always wondered how some people can seem to survive something that is killing everyone else. What is it about their bodies or immune systems or will to live that lets them beat the odds.