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John Graziano was adopted in the early '80s. Long beset by illness as a child, in 1986 he was discovered to have contracted HIV from his biological mother. Courtesy of Tom Graziano hide caption

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For A Schoolboy With AIDS, A Principal Opened Doors — By Opening His Arms

At a time when even doctors refused to see his adopted son, Tom Graziano found solace in the way his elementary school principal embraced him. "I want to thank you," Graziano tells him years later.

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Police Response To San Bernardino Stokes Militarization Fears

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John Graziano was adopted in the early '80s. Long beset by illness as a child, in 1986 he was discovered to have contracted HIV from his biological mother. Courtesy of Tom Graziano hide caption

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Courtesy of Tom Graziano

For A Schoolboy With AIDS, A Principal Opened Doors — By Opening His Arms

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