"Magic"can cure HIV

Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Jr. was born on August 14, 1959. He played the point guard position in the National Basketball Association for the Los Angeles Lakers for 13 seasons which he won five times the NBA championship. He was also three times NBA Finals MVP, three times NBA Most Valuable Player and was selected for 12 NBA All Star Games. He is known mainly for one of the greatest basketball player to ever play the game of basketball. However, what most people don’t know is that he is one of the very rare athletes to have contacted HIV.

On November 7th of 1991, Johnson shocked the world by announcing his retirement and revealed that he was positive of HIV. “At that time, people were really dying of AIDS. I was just scared to death” said Magic. He also said on The Oprah’s Next Chapter that the hardest part was to tell his wife Cookie about it. Fortunately, his wife and his baby, at the time, were not contacted from HIV. This news completely forever changed Magic’s life but it didn’t stop him for moving forward. In fact, today Magic is now an AIDS activist and created the Magic Johnson Foundation to help people combat HIV. According to the Magic Johnson Foundation, they tested over 41,000 individuals for HIV/AIDS, granted over $10 million to HIV grassroots organizations and awarded over $6 million in technology hardware and software grants at their Community Empowerment Centers which is a program that educate people with technology.

Donate now to the Magic Johnson Foundation so that they can raise awareness for HIV. It is a perfect way to give some “Magic” for the people who are HIV-positive!

Magic Johnson Foundation. Magic Johnson Foundation. 2013. Web. April 24 2014.

OWN. "Magic Johnson Describes The Day He Found Out He Was HIV-Positive (VIDEO)" Huffingtonpost. 2014 TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc. 12 February 2013. Web. 24 April 2014.

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