Jeanne White

updated 11/28/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/28/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

NEARLY five years have passed since Ryan White, the boy who made America pay attention, died of AIDS. His mother, Jeanne White-Ginder, 47, keeps his cluttered room in the house in Cicero, Ind., just as the 18-year-old left it—although the door is closed to keep out Wally, the family's mixed-breed dog. "Wally still thinks Ryan is coming home," says White-Ginder, who married brick mason Roy Ginder in 1992. (Her daughter, Andrea, 21, is a college sophomore.) The curious still come by the house, although not in the same numbers as before. Says White-Ginder, who travels the U.S. as president of the nonprofit Ryan White Foundation, preaching AIDS awareness and compassion: "The thing that keeps me going is I know Ryan would really be proud of me."

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