Ryan White’s mother Jeanne speaking about Michael Jackson’s friendship with their family. Ryan White was an American teenager who became infected with HIV from contaminated blood treatment and was then expelled from middle school because of his infection, and he suffered the stigma and isolation associated with the disorder in the 80s. He and Michael Jackson became friends after Michael had heard what had happened to him. Jackson would dedicate Gone Too Soon in his memory, releasing the song on World AIDs Day in 1993 and using his performance of the song at Clinton’s presidential inauguration to address the illness and urge for more to be done about it. His friendship with the family continued after Ryan’s death, and Jeanne has said that she and her family would take vacations at Neverland Ranch.
And I just realized it was the anniversary of Ryan’s death yesterday.
(how she started sobbing as Mike held her always gets me)