Every year IUDM holds an entire week to commemorate Ryan White and Ashley Louise Crouse. Ryan White was 18 years old when he passed away from HIV, which he contracted during a blood transfusion. Riley Hospital for Children helped him live much longer than his expected six months and made his last days on Earth the best they could be.

Ashley Louise Crouse was a student at Indiana University and member of the IUDM Executive Council in 2005. One night after an IUDM meeting, she was involved in a car accident and tragically passed away. During Ryan and Ashley Week, a series of events are held to further honor everything they have done. The Ryan White Movie was shown twice during the week and the #ImForAsh campaign kicked off on Tuesday with ribbons and flyers to spread awareness about the cause.

Today, April 12th 2015, marks the 10th year anniversary of Ashley Louise Crouse’s passing. This afternoon, members of the IUDM community and members of Ashley’s family gathered outside of the Kappa Kappa Gamma house (the sorority which Ashley was a sister) where the annual Ryan and Ashley Walk began. Before we started, balloons were handed out and a speech was made by Ashley’s brother, Casey Crouse. 
We walked all around campus, sporting our IUDM apparel and balloons held high. 

“Believe it or not, she was with you every step of the way,” Casey Crouse said at the conclusion of the memorable walk and wonderful week. And that was exactly it, with every step we took through campus today ALC was with us.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this week’s events. I’m Kaitlin Gerringer, and I’m FTK!