Brryan Jackson

Brryan Jackson, 22, has publicly forgiven his father, Brian Stewart, for injecting him with HIV-tainted blood to avoid paying his ex-wife child support, reports The Huffington Post.

Jackson’s life expectancy was 5 months, but 22 years later, the devout Christian credits his faith for seeing him through:

“I find myself praying for my father’s salvation,” said Jackson.

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The 1992 murder attempt made national headlines, and Jackson has used that attention to gain support for various nonprofit initiatives.

In 2009, Jackson founded Hope Is Vital, an organization that raises AIDS awareness and works to stop discrimination against people who are HIV-positive. He has also served as a speaker for Project Kindle, which provides summer camps and other recreational programs for children with serious illnesses.

His father, Brian Stewart, was sentenced to life in prison for first-degree assault in 1999. Though he is now eligible for parole, it has not yet been granted.

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