Jessi to Ryan White on January 18, 1989

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Dear Ryan

hello. My name is {redacted} {redacted} and I am 14 yrs. old. I too, am a hemophiliac, and I fear getting Aids. I watched the Ryan White story, and I thought it was so sAd. I practically cried through the whole thing. I'm kind of scared, that if something bad happens to me, or if I get hurt real bad, I'll get Aids. I've been tested twice, and so far I don't. But a friend of mine did. She's dead now. She killed herself. You see, she was my best friend, and she was 2 years older than me. She got Aids from a blood

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transfusion, when she was in a car accident. She lost a lot of blood then. The doctors didn't detect it until she got really sick. I live in a small town in Pennsylvania, and the hospitals around, here, they don't have any modern equipment. So my friend {redacted} she had to be shipped Away. When she returned, she sorta changed. She always tAlked about death, and knowing there was no hope for her. Well, the day of my 13th b-day, I found her, dead, on her kitchen floor. I can never really talk about this

{In bottom right: "2001.52.1226.2"}

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with anyone, but, the minute I heard about you my heart let go of my hatred of {redacted}. I hope you can understand what I'm writing. I'm not really good at writing down my feeling. I read everything about you that I can & from what I've read, your a pretty cool guy. You sound so determined to beat this disease, and I think you will. I pray for you-N your family every night, and I

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don't know why, but I often find myself wondering about how you're doing. I'm totally over the loss of {redacted}. She was a real great friend to me. See, my mom & dad, they don't get along with me very good. Actually, I have to take care of myself, because they're never home. Would you mind if we were to keep in touch? I know that you don't know me, but if you weren't too busy, I was hoping that we could sorta {In bottom right: "2001.52.1226.3"}

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become frie pen pals. I understand that if you don't want to, because you're probably really busy all of the time. But if you don't want to be pen pals with me, could you do me one favor? Could you let me know, that you got this letter. I don't have many friends, and, I'm so bored all of the time.

Gotta Go, Your friend {Redacted}

{Address Redacted}, PA

{At bottom: "God Bless you!"}

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