Musician Ryan Lewis is spearheading a fundraising effort to build medical centers around the world to provide comprehensive health care and specialized HIV/AIDS treatment for the needy, and it's all because of one case that hits very close to home.
Lewis, who is one half of the hit rap duo, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, says his mother, Julie Lewis, has been HIV positive since she gave birth to her first child 30 years ago.
After giving birth to her daughter, Teresa, in 1984, Julie Lewis needed a blood transfusion.
"In that moment without anyone knowing it, (she) had HIV positive blood put into her body," Ryan Lewis said. "At age 25, one year younger than I am right now, her life would change forever."
She had two other children - Laura and Ryan - before being diagnosed as HIV positive in the summer of 1990.
"I was 32 years old, and I had three young children, ages 6, 4, and 2. I'd never thought about dying," an emotional Julie Lewis said, speaking in a YouTube video about theRead More »from Ryan Lewis's Mom Opens Up on Living Decades With HIV, Wants to Help Others