Nov 4, 1991
Dear Mrs. White, Hello! my name Jenna [redacted] I live in [redacted], FL and attend [redacted] High School Where I am a sophomore. I wrote to you before, shortly after Ryan's death. He is the reason for this letter. Hardly a day goes by that I do not think of Ryan. I consider him to be my idol and he is the one person (besides my mother!) that I look up to. I rushed out and bought his book as soon it came out! I have read it quite a few times. By reading this book, I felt like I really knew Ryan and I knew I woudl have wanted him as a friemd. While I was reading the book I was laughing and crying at the same time. Ryan had a wondergil sense of humor and I'm sure you miss that
a gready deal. I still get very upset about his death. It is just so hard to believe and accept a person like Ryan dying at such a younf age with so much life ahead of him. But thank God he did not die in vain. He taught so many people about AIDS(my friends and I! ) he was inspiration to us all. Ryan has influence my life greatly. From him I learned to have courage and determination. Because of him I learned to believe and trust in God again. He has taught me that life is precioius and each day is a special gift from God. So, now I take life day by day and not take it for granted. I am a different person now because he has taught me to be humane and to readh out to thise in need. I will never forget Ryan and either will thousands of other poeple. He will always be a great influenece in m like till the day I die.
I am in speech class at school and the reason I wrote to you is because for my semester exam I chose the topic AIDS! I was wondering (if you had any spare time) if you could write down your thought about what AIDS does to a family and how it was really like loving with it day after day. I just thought if I wrote to you it would able me to understand how AIDS effects people. With this understand I woud be able to make people listen and aware of how fatal AIDS really is. I already know a lot about AIDS through Ryan and his book. But it would also be helpful to have your view because you've have been through so much ( I can't even imagine how this all has effected you.) I would appreciate it if you
had nay time at all, for you to write to me. Ryan has taught me so much about life and I would love replay it a little by trying to change peoples' view on AIDS! If I even get through to one person I will have suceeded. Even though I do not know Ryan he will always have a special place in my heart forever. Thank you for your time. Sincerely Jenna [redacted]