Julie Lewis is the mother of Ryan Lewis, half of the Grammy Award–winning duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. She also is a 30-year survivor of HIV. In 1984, she contracted the virus from a blood transfusion that she needed during the delivery of Teresa, her first daughter.
In POZ magazine’s exclusive interview with her, Julie gives us insights about the 30/30 project she started with her family, which aims to build 30 health centers around the world that will operate for at least 30 years for those who need it most.
The project already has raised more than $150,000 to build centers in Malawi and Kenya and focuses in on providing HIV/AIDS care and treatment, tuberculosis and malaria screening as well as comprehensive health care.