Evelyn to Jeanne White, Andrea White on April 10, 1990

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Sharing in Your Sorrow

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"The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart." - Psalm 34:18

When grief and sorrow come to those For whom we love and care, How weak appears the power of words, How great the strength of prayer.

Praying for you in your time of loss.

God has picked a beautiful flower from His garden to take Home with Him. God Bless you Evelyn [redacted] [redacted] N.C. [redacted]

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MONDAY, APRIL 9, 1990

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WEATHER High Sunday.....61 degrees Record high..... 87 in 1969 Normal high..... 71 degrees Morning low..... 33 degrees Record low..... 27 in 1972 Normal low..... 45 degrees 24-hour rainfall..... None April rainfall..... 0.92 inches Normal rainfall..... 3.43 inches Annual surplus..... 2.38 inches Partly cloudy tonight. Low 45 to 50. South wind 10 mph or less. Variably cloudy, breezy and warmer Tuesday with with a 40% chance of afternoon showers. High 65 to 70. Sunny days and fair nights Wed neday-Thursday. Low near 50 Wednesday, in 40s Thursday. Highs in upper 50s and 60s. Increasing cloudness Friday. Low near 40. High in 60s.

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Ryan White loses battle with AIDS

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Ryan White, who put a youthful face on AIDS and the fears and discrimination its victims en counter, was recalled as a young man who :made a difference" afterlosing a 5 1/2 - year struggle with the disease.

"He was the boy next door who first show ed a stunned nation that no one is safe from the risk of AIDS," said Dr. Martin B. Kleiman, White's physi cian throughout his illness. " He had no bitterness.

"With an honest simplicity, his was the voice that many, if not most, first heard, even though his was not the first voice."

White, 18, died shortly after 7 a.m. Sunday of lung congestion from an AIDS-related respirato ry infection. He had been in crit ical condition on a ventilator at Riley Hospital for Children since March 29.

"At the end, his family and a few of the others who loved him were close at his side," said Kleiman. "He never regained consciousness, and I am confi dent that he suffered no pain at the end."

White's death saddened a na tion that had followed his battle with the illness since 1985, when he was barred from a public school system because of fears of the disease.

His mother, Jeanne, and his 16-year-old sister, Andrea, had kept a bedside vigil, joined at times singer Elton John and the Rev. Jesse Jackson. Singer Michael Jackson arrived in In diana Sunday to offer con dolences to the family.

His schoolmates at Hamilton Heights High School in Arcadia were shocked to learn of White's death.

"I hoped they could fine a cure before it was over," said freshman Aaron Gilmore, 15. "He was aware of what could happen. But I remember him saying that he's going to live for five years, until they find a cure.

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And if they didn't, he'd live for five more, and keep going until they find a cure."

John, who stayed at the hospi tal with the Whites nearly a week, dedicated the song "Can dle in the Wind" to White during the Farm Aid IV concert Satur day night at the Hoosier Dome, about a mile from the hospital.

"This one's for Ryan," John said to cheers of 45,000 fans at the concert to raise funds for fi nancially troubled farmers.

President Bush, who last week planted a tree in White's honor in downtown Indianapolis, said he and first lady Barbara were "deeply saddened" by White's death.

"Ryan's death reaffirms that we as a people must pledge to continue the fight, his fight, against this dreaded disease," Bush said.

White, born Dec. 16, 1971, in Kokomo, was 13 when he was diagnosed with AIDS in December 1984. He had con tracted acquired immune defi ciency syndrome through a blood-clotting agent used to treat his hemophilia.

In 1985, White was barred from Western Middle School near Kokomo after school officials and parents rejected health authorities' assurances that AIDS cannot be spread through casual contact.

After months of school board battles and court hearings, White won the right to attend school. But pressures on his family later drove the Whites to the town of Cicero, and he enrolled at Hamilton Heights High School in nearby Arcadia.

White became a national spokesman for children with AIDS, appearing at congres sional hearings and fund-raisers, and the story of his life was told in a 1989 made-for-TV movie.

In 1988, White spoke before the National Education Association and discussed his battle with AIDS.

"I stand before you to ask for your help," White told the teach ers. "The many people against me said they weren't against me, but against my disease. Help me beat the odds and together let's educate and save the children of the world. By proper education, AIDS can be a disease, not a dirty word."

Dr. Woodrow A Myers Jr., health commissioner of Indiana during White's legal struggle, said White was chosen to lead the nation out of ignorance and hatred of people with AIDS.

"This young man made a dif ference that may never again be achieved," Myers said. "Through his actions and his eyes he taught us about well the lessons were learned."

White's last public appearance was March 26 at an Oscar party for ill children in Los Angeles with former President Reagan and his wife, Nancy.

Gov. Evan Bayh, who ordered flags at the Statehouse flown at half-staff Wednesday in White's honor, called the youth "an American hero" in a letter to Mrs. White.

"AIDS brought him to public attention, but his courage made him special. We can hope and pray that his family finds peace and consolation in the fact that, had the world not known Ryan White, our understanding, treatment and concern for people with AIDS would be harsher and more judgmental."

Funeral services were sched uled for Wednesday, but ar rangment were incomplete. ***

EDITOR'S NOTE -- Contributions to theRyan White Fund for theCare of Childhood Infections may be sent to the Indiana University Foundation in care of Indian University Hospital in In dianapolis. Cards to the family can be sent to P.O. Box 40, Noblesville, Ind. 46060.

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The White Family P.O. Box 40 Noblesville, Ind. 46060

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