In this month’s Sky magazine, Ryan Lewis, the music producer beside Seattle’s own Macklemore, opened up about the hip-hop duo’s success and his mission to raise money to build health clinics around the globe in honor of his mother.
When he was only six years old, before Lewis taught himself to play guitar, make beats or direct videos, he learned that his mother, Julie, was HIV positive and may not have much time to live. She had been infected during a blood transfusion while giving birth to her daughter in 1984 (fortunately all of her children were born HIV-free). At the time of her diagnosis, doctors gave her three to five years to live.
Thirty years later, she is helping make a difference in the lives of those living with HIV/AIDS. In 2014, Ryan and Julie launched the 30/30 Project with the goal of funding 30 medical centers to help people with HIV/AIDS who can’t get the life-saving care they need.
“If someone gets HIV/AIDS today, it can be a sustainable disease to live with, with modern medicine, with resources. The problem is completely 100 percent access [to medical resources],” said Ryan.
To date, five facilities have been built – from India to Malawi and beyond.
5 other things to know about Delta this month, from Sky:
- Get handcrafted cocktails, premium wines, top-shelf spirits and more at THE BAR at Delta Sky Club using your miles at select locations. Available at all locations featuring THE BAR by summer 2016.
- Starting this month, we are proud to offer nonstop service from Raleigh-Durham to Paris. Flights between the Research Triangle and the City of Light begin May 12, so start brushing up on your français!
- New and improved breakfast menus debut May 12 in the First Class cabin on flights between 900 and 1,499 miles. We’re doubling the number of rotating breakfast entrée selections throughout the North America system.
- During your next visit to CenturyLink Field in Seattle, look out for the Delta Starting XI. As the official airline of Seattle Sounders FC, we’re now the presenting partner of the soccer team’s starting lineup.
- Delta employees, families and friends will be walking as a team on May 15 at AIDS Walk New York in Central Park. Delta is a premier sponsor of this annual event that raises funds for HIV/AIDS services and advocacy.