By: Smashley Nicole
Yesterday Grammy-award-winner Ryan Lewis (of Macklemore And Ryan Lewis) shared a very personal matter via his Twitter when he announced his mother is HIV-Positive. He shared this heart wrenching news because in honor of his mother being a 30 year survivor he has teamed up with Macklemore to launch a project to raise money for more affordable healthcare worldwide. The 30/30 project was launched yesterday on Indiegogo.
The Indiegogo page has the following message from Ryan Lewis:
“A huge part of what’s made me who I am, is something I haven’t talked about in interviews. If I could just take a few moments of your time, I’d love to tell you about the strongest woman that I know, my mom, Julie Lewis.
In 1984, my mom gave birth to my older sister, Teresa. Due to a complicated delivery, she needed a blood transfusion and at that moment, my mom had HIV+ blood put into her body. When she was finally diagnosed, she was given only a few years to live. By that time, she had already given birth to my sister Laura and me. We each had a 25% chance of being born HIV+, but we were extremely fortunate (today, the risk of a mother passing HIV to her baby is 2% or less if she is taking medication). Thanks to advanced medicine and healthcare available here in the U.S., my mom has lived despite her odds.
To honor the thirty years my mom has been a survivor, our family is raising funds to build health centers worldwide that will stand strong for at least thirty years. We’re calling it the 30/30 Project.
We are partnering with Construction for Change, a Seattle-based nonprofit, to carry out construction. And we have local partners on the ground, such as Partners in Health, to run and operate the health facilities long-term. We want to give hope to women and families in other parts of the world who lack access to quality, affordable healthcare.
With this amazing past year I’ve had, I am honored to be the first donor for the 30/30 Project, jumpstarting the construction of the first health center in Malawi. I am asking you to join my family and see how far we can take this…”
It’s so great to see an artist using their talent for such an amazing cause. In 24 hours, the campaign has already raised just over 30k towards their 100k goal. If you would like to keep up with the campaign’s progress you can follow via Twitter.
30/30 Project Campaign Video