Rae Lewis-Thornton is my hero because
she refuses to let AIDS define who she is.
Lewis-Thornton told the world of her HIV
status several years ago, and she continues
to educate people today.
At 23, Rae Lewis-Thornton was diagnosed
with HIV, and, eight years later, with full-blown
AIDS. Since then shes been speaking
to the public about her personal experience
living with this disease. Rae uses her life
as an example that AIDS can happen to anyone
rich, poor, black, white, educated, popular.
She got an Emmy Award for an ongoing series
of first-person stories on Living
with AIDS that she did for CBS. Rae
Lewis-Thornton leads her own unending fight
to educate and challenge people to take
control of their own bodies, futures and
health. She even created a foundation to
help fund AIDS education to teach people