Ryan Lewis Reveals His Mom is HIV+ and Has Started a Non Profit For Affordable Health Care Worldwide


Obviously with Mackelmore, because, duh. Anyways, this is pretty awesome. Apparently his mom has been living with HIV for a long time, and now they’ve got some fame under their belts they’re putting it to even more good use with a non profit called 30/30. Here is part of the letter he shared on the non profit’s site:

A huge part of what’s made me who I am, is something I haven’t talked about in interviews. If I could just take a few moments of your time, I’d love to tell you about the strongest woman that I know, my mom, Julie Lewis.

In 1984, my mom gave birth to my older sister, Teresa. Due to a complicated delivery, she needed a blood transfusion and at that moment, my mom had HIV+ blood put into her body. When she was finally diagnosed, she was given only a few years to live. By that time, she had already given birth to my sister Laura and me. We each had a 25% chance of being born HIV+, but we were extremely fortunate (today, the risk of a mother passing HIV to her baby is 2% or less if she is taking medication). Thanks to advanced medicine and healthcare available here in the U.S., my mom has lived despite her odds.

And some info about where these funds will be going:

The initial goal of the nonprofit is to raise $100,000 in order to build a health care center in Neno District, Malawi, with hopes of later opening clinics in areas such as Kangundo, Kenya; Mbita, Kenya and Ugenya, Kenya.

Donors will receive gifts based on their monetary donation (the signed Macklemore and Ryan Lewis set list is already sold out) and they are encouraged to spread the word via social media.

HERE is where you can donate!




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