Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have become known for tackling big social issues through their music, but now they're taking a whole new approach to taking down an issue affecting many people around the world.
Ryan Lewis, the producer of the hip hop duo, made a huge announcement that his mother Julie Lewis was diagnosed as being HIV positive back in 1984, after she was unknowingly given HIV positive blood during a transfusion.
Doctor's initially only gave her a few years to live, however, thanks to modern medicine and her strength she managed to survive for 30 years and is still standing to this day! Ryan tells his mother's story on a fundraising page, saying:
"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… Thanks to advanced medicine and healthcare available here in the U.S., my mom has lived despite her odds."
In honor of Julie's 30 years of survival, Ryan and Macklemore are teaming up to create the 30/30 Project, an IndieGogo campaign which is looking to raise money and provide affordable healthcare and facilities to those who need it more around the world.
The first goal is to raise $100,000 by May 21st to help build a non-profit health center in Neno District, Malawi. From there, he's looking to build 4 more health centers throughout Kenya and Uganda.
In addition to helping out a great cause, donors have an opportunity to get their hands on different gifts ranging from tote bags and t-shirts to signed Macklemore and Ryan Lewis merchandise.
It's so amazing that Ryan has not only shared his mother's story with the world, but he's also looking to make an impact on a huge issue that has played a big part in his life.
To learn more about the 30/30 Project, CLICK HERE and watch their video (below).
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