Ryan Lewis Reveals His Mom Is HIV Positive, Teams Up With Macklemore to Create Nonprofit

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Ryan Lewis is revealing some news he kept away from fans for a long time-his mother is HIV Positive.

"My friends and family, I am pleased to share with you #The3030Project," he tweeted Tuesday, along with a photo of himself and his mom, and a link to a fund-raising website for his new charitable initiative. In honor of his mother, Ryan teamed up with Macklemore and Construction for Change to create the 30.30 Project, which provides access to affordable healthcare worldwide.

"A huge part of what's made me who I am, is something I haven't talked about in interviews," Ryan posted on the page. "If I could just take a few moments of your time, 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. When she was finally diagnosed, she was given only a few years to live. By that time, she had already given birth to my sister Laura and me. We each had a 25% chance of being born HIV+, but we were extremely fortunate (today, the risk of a mother passing HIV to her baby is 2% or less if she is taking medication). Thanks to advanced medicine and healthcare available here in the U.S., my mom has lived despite her odds."

"To honor the thirty years my mom has been a survivor, our family is raising funds to build health centers worldwide that will stand strong for at least thirty years. We're calling it the 30/30 Project."

The duo is partnering with Seattle based-nonprofit Construction for Change to carry out the construction, as well as local partners like Partners in Health, which will help them run the facilities once they're built. "We want to give hope to women and families in other parts of the world who lack access to quality, affordable healthcare," he continued.

"With this amazing past year I've had, I am honored to be the first donor for the 30/30 Project, jumpstarting the construction of the first health center in Malawi. I am asking you to join my family and see how far we can take this."

The Indiegogo website has a fundraising goal of $100,000 to build a health care center in Malawi for starters. Donations start at $5 with donors receiving everything from a published selfie on the site to a 10-day all expenses paid trip to Kenya, a tweet from Macklemore and Ryan, and more.

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