News Sections
Audio
Indiana Aids Victim Honored 20 Years After Death
Updated May 5, 2013 12:08 AM | Filed under: Network Indiana
 Print    Archive    RSS

(UNDATED) - 20 years ago Thursday, a central Indiana teenager who reshaped America's attitude toward aids lost his battle with the disease.

Ryan White shot to national attention in 1985 when he contracted aids from a blood transfusion, and Howard County's Western School Corporation barred him from attending class.

Charley Vaughan, the Lafayette attorney who represented Ryan in the ensuing nine-month legal battle, remembers Ryan as "wise beyond his years."

Vaughan says Ryan forged genuine friendships with Elton John and Michael Jackson.

He says Elton canceled a concert to be with the White family when Ryan was dying.

The singer not only performed at, but also paid for the 18-year-old's funeral.



« Previous Article
Next Article »

 Print    Archive    RSS

Have a question or comment about a news story? Send it to comments@wbiw.com

Advertise with 1340 AM WBIW
Find more about Weather in Bedford, IN
Advertise with 1340 AM WBIW


1340 AM WBIW, Bedford's Place To Talk. Serving Lawrence and surrounding counties since 1948!

© 2017 Ad-Venture Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved.   WBIW.com and Listen Live Powered by HPC

Advertise  |  Careers  |  Contests  |  About  |  Feedback