At the end of the day, we're all actors. Every single one of us battles with personal challenges as we progress through life. But, when we're present in the public eye, we put on a show, portraying that nothing is wrong...that life is perfect. This concept is specifically true for celebrities and the way we perceive their lifestyles. We, as the general public, have the perspective that their lives are flawless, without a single trouble present on their horizon.
However, when we dig deep, we know we couldn't be any further from the truth. It's when celebrities open up to us about the challenges that they face that we realize that they're humans just like the rest of us. Furthermore, we see that most of them work towards turning negative situations into positive outcomes for others. Such is the case for Ryan Lewis, music producer and film director behind the ultimate duo of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. By sharing their family story, Ryan and his mom, Julie, are working towards providing the same support and care that they have received over the years for those in need.
30 years ago, when Julie gave birth to Ryan's oldest sister, the complicated delivery required the need of a blood transfusion. Unfortunately, at the time, blood donations were not tested for HIV and the AIDS virus, and the blood given to Julie was HIV+. Unaware of the situation, Julie went on to give birth to two more children. Fortunately for Ryan and his younger sister, neither contracted the virus, escaping the 25% chance of being born HIV+.
After a few years, due to illness, Julie found out that she had tested positive for HIV. Doctors expressed that she may only have a few years left to live. However, based on treatment and proper care that she received here in the States, Julie is still going strong and doing well. As Ryan explains, "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." They're calling it the 30/30 Project.
With the foundational belief that health care is a human right, Julie and her family are working towards establishing medical centers world wide that will provide quality healthcare to individuals who currently lack access. As expressed by the campaign, the crew is "partnering with Construction for Change, a Seattle-based nonprofit, to carry out construction." They also "have local partners on the ground, such as Partners in Health, to run and operate the health facilities long-term."
To start out, they will tackle the challenges of setting up a facility in Malawi, a country in which 1 in 10 people is HIV+. To help run the facility, 30/30 Project will be working with Partners in Health,
Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo, and Malawi's Ministry of Health. They have successfully raise enough through the campaign for the Malawi project, and for every $100,000 more that they raise, they will break ground in other nations.
Julie's life changed forever 30 years ago. Along with her family, she is on a mission to help those that find themselves in a similar situation, yet missing the needed health care to fight the good fight every single day. The 30/30 project has the potential of affecting many lives, while driving growth in the countries it partners with. It has the potential that will provide mothers the opportunity to watch their children grow every step of the way, while instilling in them the values of life. It gives them hope that maybe one day their child will find him or herself on the front stage of the world, not only entertaining others, but also leading the way to make a difference, just like Ryan Lewis.
Overall, working towards providing others with quality care POPs.