Ryan White
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December 06, 1971

Ryan Wayne White is born to Jeanne Elaine (Hale) and Hubert Wayne White at St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Kokomo, IN.

December 12, 1971
Ryan is diagnosed with severe hemophilia. Doctors prescribe soon-to-approved Factor 8, a new “miracle” treatment for hemophilia.
October 15, 1973
Ryan’s sister Andrea is born.
December 17, 1984
Ryan is diagnosed with full-blown AIDS . T -Cell count 25. At some point, Ryan had been infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, by a tainted batch of Factor 8.
Ryan does not return to school after his diagnosis, but he starts feeling better in the spring and Jeanne calls the school to see if Ryan can come for a visit, but she is told that he can not.
March 3, 1985
The Kokomo Tribune's first story about Ryan: “Howard County Youth Diagnosed with AIDS.”
June 30, 1985
Western School Corp. Superintendent James O. Smith denies Ryan admission to Western Middle School in Kokomo.
August 3, 1985
Indiana State Board of Health issues guidelines for admitting AIDS patients to schools.
August 8, 1985
The Whites file suit in U.S. District Court, in Indianapolis, seeking to get Ryan admitted to school.
August 12, 1985
Parents of Kokomo school children sign 117 claim forms threatening a civil suit if Ryan is allowed to enter school.
August 15, 1985
About 50 teachers vote to support the decision to keep Ryan out of school.
August 16, 1985
U.S District Judge James E. Noland says the court cannot accept the case until Ryan's attorney exhausts administrative appeals.
August 17, 1985
Ryan’s attorney files appeal of Smith’s decision.
August 26, 1985
Classes begin at Western Middle School; Ryan is linked by a telephone hookup.
September 18, 1985
Ryan is first pictured in USA Today “Newsmakers.”
September 19, 1985
Appeal of school's decision is heard at a case conference at Western Middle School.
October 2, 1985
Western Middle School principal upholds the decision to keep Ryan out of the school.
November 1, 1985
The Indiana Department of Education rules Ryan should be allowed to go to school when he is not intensely sick.
November 25, 1985
The Indiana Department of Education hearing officer rules that Ryan must be admitted to school.
December 2, 1985
At a closed door meeting, school officials order school attorneys to appeal Department of Education ruling.
December 17, 1985
The Western school board votes 7-0 to appeal the ruling of the Indiana Department of Education that Ryan should be allowed to return to school.
February 1, 1986
Ryan travels to Rome to appear on an Italian television show, "Italia Sera."
February 6, 1986
The Indiana Department of Education appeals board rules there is nothing to prevent Ryan from attending class if he is cleared by Howard County health officer.
February 13, 1986
Dr. Alan Adler, Howard County health officer, examines Ryan and certifies him fit to attend class.
February 18, 1986
Ryan and Jeanne travel with Ryan’s friend Heath Brown and attorney Charles Vaughan Sr. to New York to appear on the Today Show and CBS Morning News.
February 19, 1986
A Howard County judge refuses request by parents to issue an injunction to prevent Ryan from attending school.
February 21, 1986
Ryan returns to school for the first time in 14 months, but 151 of 360 students stay home and seven transfer to other schools.

Judge Alan Brubaker grants a restraining order in the afternoon to Concerned Citizens to keep Ryan out of school based on a 1949 Indiana Law that requires parents of children with a communicable diseases to keep them at home.
February 25, 1986
Judge Alan Brubaker orders Concerned Citizens and Parents of Western School to pay $12,000 bond for damages to defendants, including legal fees, if the temporary injunction is later rescinded.
March 2, 1986
The Concerned Citizens and Parents of Western School, along with Dick Bronson, a local radio personality, host an auction at Western Middle School gymnasium to raise money to keep Ryan out of school.

Ryan’s attorney Charles Vaughan files a motion for change of venue from Howard Circuit Court. The venue was changed to Clinton Circuit Court, Judge Jack R. O'Neill.
April 9, 1986
Attorneys argue Whites’ case before Judge O’Neill.
April 10, 1986
Judge O’Neill dissolves restraining order––Ryan immediately returns to school––27 students are taken home.

April 11, 1986
Ryan spends second full day in school in more than a year instead of making appearances on Good Morning America and The Tonight Show.
April 19, 1986
Greg Louganis presents Ryan with his gold medal for the U.S. Diving Indoor Championship Platform title.
April 22, 1986
A home school opens in Russiaville, IN, for students whose parents don't want them to attend school with Ryan.
April 29, 1986
Ryan co-hosts The American Foundation for AIDS Research’s first major fund raiser benefit with Elizabeth Taylor and Calvin Klein in New York at New York Convention Center's Crystal Palace. Appears on Good Morning America.
April 30, 1986
Judge vacates arguments by parents and upholds earlier ruling.
July 18, 1986
The Indiana Court of Appeals dismisses an appeal by fearful parents who want to bar Ryan from school.
August 21, 1986
The Howard County Health Department examines Ryan and declares him fit to attend school.
August 25, 1986
Ryan begins the eighth grade at Western Middle School.
September 29, 1986
Elton John flies the White family to L.A. on his jet and they attend Elton’s concert at Oakland Coliseum Arena and Pacific Amphitheatre. The White family goes with Elton to Disneyland.
February 6, 1987
Ryan speaks at an AIDS in the Heartland Conference in Indianapolis. Jeanne, Ryan, and Andrea appear on the cover of USA Today.
May 15, 1987
The White family moves to Cicero, IN.
July, 1987
Ryan starts taking AZT.
August 3, 1987
Ryan appears on the cover of People magazine in an article entitled "Breaking America’s Hearts"
August 11, 1987
Greg Louganis presents Ryan the gold medal he won in the 3 meter springboard at the Pan American Games.
August 31, 1987
Ryan begins his freshman year at Hamilton Heights High School without protest. Appears on the front page of USA Today.
September, 1987
Athletes for Kids trip to California. Party for Ryan and family at Linda Otto's house (producer of upcoming television movie The Ryan White Story). Guests include Judith Light, Lucus Haas, Greg Louganis, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, Alyssa Milano, Charlie Sheen, Lorna Luft, Loni Anderson, Marcus Allen and Howie Long.
December 18, 1987
Ryan honored as a "Sagamore of the Wabash" by Indiana Governor Robert D. Orr.
March, 1988
Ryan on cover of The Saturday Evening Post.
March, 1988
Ryan featured on 3-2-1 Contact, "I Have AIDS:­ A Teenager's Story.”
March 3, 1988
Ryan testifies before President's Commission on AIDS and appears on ABC's Nightline with Ted Koppel and CNN.
March 24, 1988
Ryan speaks at Boys Town Omaha, Nebraska and visits Strategic Air Command Headquarters at Offutt Air Force Base. Children’s Square USA gives Ryan the "Courageous Determination Award".
March 25, 1988
Ryan appears on the cover of Junior Scholastic.
April 26, 1988
Ryan appears on Sally Jessy Raphael.
May 30, 1988
Ryan featured in a People cover story entitled “Amazing Grace.”
June 1, 1988
Ryan receives his first car, a Chevrolet Cavalier, donated by the Indiana Independent Auto Dealers Association.
June 20, 1988
Ryan’s first paycheck for $40.29 from Maui Skateboard Shop.
July 4-7, 1988
Ryan speaks before 8,400 teachers at the National Education Association convention in New Orleans.
July 8, 1988
Athletes and Entertainers for Kids present "For The Love Of Children.” In L.A. Elton John performs and brings Ryan and Jason Robertson on stage. Ryan sits on piano with Elton. Charlie Sheen and Marlee Matin were the co-hosts.
August 18, 1988
Filming begins in North Carolina on The Ryan White Story.
September 24, 1988
Ryan receives James K. Pauley Humanitarian Award from Hemophilia of Indiana Inc.
November, 1988
Ryan joins the cast of Cheers on location.
November 16, 1988
Screening of The Ryan White Story in L.A. Rob Lowe attends with the White family.
November 28, 1988
Ryan appears on the Phil Donahue Show. Audience is all kids.
January, 1989
Ryan is on the cover of USA Weekend.
January 16, 1989
ABC airs The Ryan White Story. Lukas Haas plays Ryan, Judith Light plays Jeanne, Nicki Cox plays Andrea, George C Scott plays Ryan’s attorney, Charles Vaughan Sr., and Sara Jessica Parker plays Laura Creitch, Ryan’s nurse.
January 17, 1989
Ryan appears on CBS program West 57th.
April 10, 1989
Surgeon General Koop honors the White family and the Ray family.
June, 1989
Ryan receives a new Ford Mustang from Michael Jackson.
July 4, 1989
Ryan is grand marshal of the Fourth of July parade in Cicero.
Fall, 1989
Ryan on cover of a special issue of LIFE, The 80's
December 1, 1989
Ryan featured in national campaign by Indiana State Board of Health to teenagers and others about the risk of AIDS.
December, 1989
Ryan visits Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch.
February, 1990
Ryan inducted in the Mickey Mouse Club Hall of Fame and presented with “The Mickey Award” for children who make a difference.
March 26, 1990
Ryan co-hosts, with Ronald and Nancy Reagan, an Oscar Party in L.A. sponsored by Athletes and Entertainers for Kids.
March 27, 1990
Ryan does last TV show, The Home Show, with Howie Long.
March 29, 1990
Ryan is hospitalized with a respiratory infection.
April 2, 1990
Ryan in critical condition and on life-support system. Ryan’s family, Elton John and Phil Donahue are by his side.
April 3, 1990
President George H.W. Bush plants a White House elm in Indianapolis and dedicates it to Ryan.
April 5, 1990
Ryan's pre-taped interview airs on Prime Time Live.
April 7, 1990
Elton John dedicates “A Candle in the Wind” to Ryan at Farm Aid IV in the Hoosier Dome and 45,000 people sing along, candles in hand.
April 08, 1990

On Palm Sunday at 7:11 am­, Ryan, age 18, dies at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.

April 11, 1990
Ryan's funeral at the Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis (pallbearers include Elton John, Phil Donahue, Howie Long, Tommy Hale, Leo Joseph). Friend and pastor Ray Probasco gives the eulogy. More than 1500 family and friends attends, with hundreds standing outside in the rain. The funeral was carried live by CNN, CBS, NBC, and ABC.
January 13, 1991
Ryan named Indianapolis Star "Man of the Year.”
May 25, 1991
The State Of Indiana awards Ryan an honorary high school diploma.
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