April 22nd, 2014
02:51 PM ET
Ryan Lewis has more than one good reason to support the 30/30 Project, a campaign to bring health care facilities to communities affected by HIV/AIDS.
The first is that the project was founded by his mother, Julie Lewis. The second is that Julie Lewis has been living with HIV since 1984.
Ryan Lewis, of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis fame, calls his mother "the strongest woman I know." She contracted HIV from a blood transfusion while giving birth to Ryan's older sister, Teresa. It wasn't until several years later that she was diagnosed as HIV-positive. (Neither Ryan Lewis nor his other sister, Laura, have HIV.) She wasn't given good odds of survival, but as Ryan says, "You know what's amazing? My mom never died. She lived."
Lewis tells the story in a video posted on YouTube:
As a way of celebrating 30 years of survival, Julie Lewis came up with the 30/30 Project. The project seeks to provide access to health care, including medical centers worldwide. The first destination will be Malawi, where 1 in 10 adults has HIV or AIDS, says the "Thrift Shop" and "Same Love" artist.
"With this amazing past year that I've had, I'm honored to be the first donor to the 30/30 Project," Ryan Lewis says in the video. "I'm hoping people will join me, and join my family's story, to see how far we can take this."
The 30/30 Project has an Indiegogo page for people to find more information or donate. The campaign got under way Tuesday and will run for 30 days with a goal of $100,000.
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