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Children's Museum honors legacy of Ryan White

Ryan White contracted AIDS through a blood transfusion.

Ryan White was 13 when he was diagnosed with AIDS after a blood transfusion in December 1984. Doctors gave him six months to live. 

When Ryan tried to return to school in his hometown of Kokomo, Indiana, he faced AIDS-related discrimination. He and his mother, Jeanne White Ginder, fought for his right to attend school. He gained national attention and became the face of public education about the disease.

Ryan lived five years longer than expected. He died in April 1990, one month before his high school graduation. Congress passed the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act in August 1990.

Ryan White would have turned 51 on Dec. 6, 2022. While his life ended too early, Ryan's legacy of courage and compassion continues to impact people around the world. One of Ryan’s biggest goals was to live normally and help others with HIV/AIDS live normal lives, too. The Children's Museum of Indianapolis honors Ryan with a room in The Power of Children exhibit. Visit For more information about hemophilia and other rare blood disorders, visit the Indiana Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center and Hemophilia of Indiana, Inc.

The Children's Museum is located at 3000 N. Meridian St. in Indianapolis.

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