'All IN' - Reflecting On The Legacy Of Ryan White

Oct 29, 2019

AIDS victim Ryan White, 13, seen Aug. 26, 1985, was barred from attending classes at Western Middle School near Kokomo, Indiana, because of the disease, which he acquired through a blood transfusion.
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Tuesday on All IN on 88.1 WVPE, the program focused on the saga of Ryan White. It's been more than 30 years since the Indiana boy was diagnosed with AIDS at a time when it wasn't fully understood. Ryan lived in Kokomo and attended school there, until he was barred from classes in the mid-1980's. Ryan was infected through a blood transfusion. As some parents in his local Indiana community fought to keep him out of school, celebrities came to his defense. 

Almost 30 years after Ryan White's death, his mother Jeanne White-Ginder continues to share his story and advocate for further education around HIV/AIDS.
Credit (Photo courtesy of Jeanne White-Ginder)

PBS's Retro Report looks at the coverage of the Ryan White story almost 30 years since his death. On All IN, host Matt Pelsor talked to the producer of the PBS piece and the mother of Ryan White. 

If you missed it, you can listen here.