Elton John Shares The Biggest Lesson AIDS Taught Him In An Emotional Letter To His Sons

Elton John recently shared a letter for his sons, Zachary and Elijah, through Time on his 75th birthday. In his letter, the famous musician drew attention to AIDS, his fight against it, and what he learned about society’s perspective toward the people struggling with it.

Filmmaker David Furnish and Elton John started dating in 1993, and the couple married on December 21, 2014, after same-sex marriage became legal in the UK. They have two sons, Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John and Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John, and John and Furnish have been pursuing a happy relationship for a very long time.

In 1992, John had experienced one of the most devastating things a friend could imagine when he lost two friends to HIV/AIDS in a year. This incident encouraged him to found the Elton John AIDS Foundation in 1993. Since its formation, his organization has raised over $600 million to support HIV-related programs in fifty-five countries.

The organization also has been making education programs and support services available for everyone who has to fight this disease. John was and will always be their great support, although he learned that most people still blame and ignore the ones that are HIV positive during his commitment to bring awareness against AIDS. However, John never stopped helping them, and his sons witnessed their father’s efforts to help people with AIDS.

In his recent emotional statement, the musician said that he set up his non-profit organization for this reason, and he revealed that the foundation achieved many things for the AIDS community. In addition, it seems that John wanted to reach as many people as possible by writing a letter to Zachary and Elijah and reflecting on his experiences and feelings about ongoing issues in the world with them.

John’s letter read:

“Through my commitment to the fight against AIDS, my eyes have been opened to this in ways I could have never imagined. For decades, people living with HIV and AIDS have been shamed, stigmatized, and harshly judged—or even worse, ignored.

Thirty years ago, I set up the Elton John AIDS Foundation to bring essential HIV testing and treatment to millions of people and help people living with HIV challenge the stigma they endure. In-country after country, we have brought the AIDS community together with governments, big pharmaceutical companies, the church, and the media. By opening a dialogue, we have opened hearts and minds and turned the tide on the AIDS pandemic.”

Consequently, John’s deep and meaningful words about AIDS and HIV-positive people, who have been constantly judged and ignored by the community, were significantly appreciated. Especially people who are going through hard times because of the disease and the prejudices against them will never forget the singer’s support.