‘The Announcement’ – The Untold Story of Earvin “Magic” Johnson
On November 7, 1991, Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson first announced to the world he was HIV-positive, and from that day on, he has been tirelessly fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic and advocating for those living with HIV/AIDS. ESPN documented Mr. Johnson’s personal journey, how the world has been affected since November 7, 1991, and the current state of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
“Magic Johnson is a hero and icon in the fight against AIDS. We applaud the courage and leadership he continues to show in this battle over the years and thank ESPN for both pointing a lens at his remarkable life “For over ten years, Magic and AHF have forged a partnership that now includes six free AHF ‘Magic’ Johnson treatment clinics and several nationwide HIV testing initiatives. On World AIDS Day this past December, we announced plans for three new AHF ‘Magic’ Johnson clinics set to open this year: Brooklyn, NY; Ft. Worth, TX and Atlanta, GA. As a public figure—and through his own personal experience living successfully with HIV—Magic serves as a beacon, letting others who may also be infected know that seeking medical care and lifesaving antiretroviral treatment is the right thing to do.”
Johnson, whose business interests include a wide portfolio of successful ventures operating under the umbrella of his Magic Johnson Enterprises, is also is Chairman and Founder of the respected non-profit Magic Johnson Foundation, which raises funds for community-based organizations focused on HIV/AIDS education and prevention. The Foundation also works to develop programs and provide services that address the broader educational, health and social needs of ethnically diverse, urban communities throughout the nation.
ABOUT AHF: AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and services to more than 124,000 individuals in 26 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean the Asia/Pacific region and Eastern Europe. www.aidshealth.org
ABOUT MJF: Since 1991, the Magic Johnson Foundation (MJF) has served and enriched urban communities nationwide. MJF has evolved from an HIV grant-making organization to one that advocates for community-based organizations and supports educational empowerment through HIV/AIDS education/testing/awareness work, minority college access and digital literacy.
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