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Garance Franke-Ruta  

Garance Franke-Ruta
Born in France and raised by artistic parents in Mexico and New Mexico, Franke-Ruta left high school after two years, eventually finding purpose in New York. She arrived in 1988 and, with fellow activist Derek Link, co-founded an initiative they called Countdown 18 Months to pressure pharmaceutical companies to test and market drugs for the opportunistic infections that were the actual killers of people with AIDS. I think the hardest part was that no matter how hard you worked, it didn’t make a difference in keeping people alive, because that was beyond human capacity at the time.

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