Thank you Mr. president elect for inviting me to your Inauguration gala. I would like to take a moment from this very public ceremony to speak something very personnel. It concerns a dear friend of mine who is no longer with us. His name is Ryan White.
He was a hemophiliac, who died of Aids virus when he was eleven. He died shortly after turning18, the very time most young people are beginning to explore a life for some wonderful possibilities. My friend was a very bright, very brave, very normal young man. He never wanted to be a symbol or spokesperson for a deadly disease .
Over the years I've shared many silly, happy and painful moments with Ryan. And I was with him at his en d of brief but eventfuljourney. Ryan is gone, and just anyone who lost love wnat to ace. And I miss him deeply constantly. He’s gone but I want his life to have meaning to young person. And it is my hope Presidnet Clinton that you and your administration to commit a rsource leader to nominate offers diseases that took my friend, and indeed some of promising lives for the time. the Song for Ryan.