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Subject: The Ray brothers

Written By: Derek on 02/28/07 at 10:28 pm

For those of you who vividly recall the late 80s-early 90s, you probably have heard of the Ray brothers. Ricky, Robert, and Randy were hemophiliacs who contracted HIV through tainted blood in the summer of '86.

After winning a legal battle to keep their kids in school, the Ray's home was burnt down(most likely arson) a week later. They were forced to leave Arcadia, Florida and bolt for Sarasota.

The boys wanted to lead their lives like any teenager would. Sports were big amongst the Ray brothers. Things looked good until Robert's HIV became full blown AIDS in 1990. Ricky was next, his becoming full blown in March 1991.

Ricky, the eldest brother, passed away in December 1992 at age 15. Robert passed away in October 2000 at age 22. Randy, the youngest of the three brothers, is still alive today, despite having full blown AIDS. He is currently married. Candy, the boys's sister and youngest of the four, does not have HIV and currently is married with a kid.

For those of you who were not that young at the time, do you recall the Ray brothers? If so, do you think highly of the boys?

Subject: Re: The Ray brothers

Written By: Ashkicksass on 03/01/07 at 2:33 pm

I remember them...what a sad story.  :(

Subject: Re: The Ray brothers

Written By: MLB on 03/02/07 at 6:15 pm

I wasn't much on the "news" of the day, but I remember someone else's story of fighting to keep their son in school despite prejudice against his having HIV, because everyone was scared and no one understood that it was stupid to keep the kid home for math and Reading.
EVERYONE deserves the chance to live his life w/out having an overly critica/hysterical community run them out because of an accident at hospital. Terribly sad they were treated so poorly by their former neighbors.

Subject: Re: The Ray brothers

Written By: caitie on 07/18/12 at 9:34 pm

:\'( , this is my family , its sad looking and reading through this . i had the best uncles in the world and still do , and knowing my uncle randy is still fighting it makes me strong and glad to see him help and support the others fighting hiv . <3

Subject: Re: The Ray brothers

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 07/18/12 at 11:05 pm

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