In the September 27, 2010 People Magazine is an article titled, An Aid’s Survivor Inspires Kids with HIV. It is written by Jennifer Wren.
The story is about nineteen year old Brryan Jackson. According to the article, “In 1992, his father, a blood technician, injected Brryan, then 11 months old, with HIV-tainted blood in an attempt to dodge child-support payments. By the age of 5, Brryan had developed full-blown AIDS, leaving the once energetic child weak, unable to walk and close to death”.
While no child should suffer that kind of abuse from a parent, Brryan turned this experience into a lesson on forgiveness and helping others out in the process. His health has improved dramatically.
The article goes on and further states, “For six years he’s volunteered at Camp Kindle (CampKindle.org) a week long camp near Omaha, providing comfort-and living proof that HIV is no longer a certain death sentence-to hundreds of HIV-affected kids and their families”.
He has had many opportunities to speak at schools on a nationwide basis. At one time he spoke to Congress for the purpose of increasing AIDS funding.
Eva Payne, Camp Kindle’s founder had this to say of him, “I can see him changing hearts”.
Brryan Jackson of St. Charles, MO is making a difference in the lives of so many campers through his volunteer work with children at Camp Kindle in addition to his other speaking engagements.
And because of this, I am thrilled to recognize Brryan Jackson as today’s American Hero.
People Magazine, September 27, 2010 edition, page 142