If you saw Dallas Buyer’s Club, you might remember that the story involved a Ron Woodroof, an AIDS patient, who originally out of greed (and necessity), started selling drugs to AIDS patients.
In the early days of the virus, medical care was expensive and for many, unavailable. Things have gotten only a little better. Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor made a name for herself by becoming an early activist for HIV and AIDS patients. In 1991, she started her own AIDS foundation, which continues on after her death. She also testified on behalf of Ryan White, a boy who contracted AIDS from a transfusion and was kicked out of school because of it.
What most of us didn’t know about Taylor, though, is that like Matthew McConaughey’s character in Dallas Buyer’s Club, she was instrumental in illegally obtaining AIDS drugs for patients in need – only her motivation wasn’t greed. It was her generosity of spirit. She even sold her jewels so she could provide medication to AIDS patients.
As told by Kathy Ireland:
A lot of the work that [Taylor] did, it was illegal, but she was saving lives,” Ireland said. “It was in a time when it was not something to do. Business associates pleaded with her, ‘Leave this thing alone.’ She received death threats. Friends hung up on her when she asked for help, but something that I love about Elizabeth is her courage.
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