Elton John Raises $2 Million at Annual AIDS Benefit; Remembers Ryan White
October 16, 2012
Sir Elton John remembered AIDS sufferer Ryan White on the red carpet of his annual AIDS foundation benefit on October 15. He called the teenager's death a major turning point in his own life, which John described as "out of whack" at the time. Ryan White, a hemophiliac, contracted AIDS in 1984 because of a blood transfusion and was expelled from middle school. Elton John was with the boy and his family when White died in 1990. After White's death, Elton John decided to become sober and, within the next two years of achieving sobriety, started the foundation.
10.16.2012; Associated Press
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