Breaking News Bar
updated: 11/6/2017 6:57 PM

Harvard honors Elton John for efforts to fight HIV, AIDS

hello
Success - Article sent! close
  • Musician Elton John holds up the 2017 Harvard Humanitarian of the Year Award after being presented with the award Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, during ceremonies at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. Elton John was recognized during the ceremonies for his work in combating HIV/AIDS around the world.

    Musician Elton John holds up the 2017 Harvard Humanitarian of the Year Award after being presented with the award Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, during ceremonies at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. Elton John was recognized during the ceremonies for his work in combating HIV/AIDS around the world.
    Associated Press

  • Musician Elton John gestures before being presented with the Harvard Humanitarian of the Year Award during ceremonies Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, on the campus of Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. John was recognized during the ceremonies for his work in fighting HIV/AIDS around the world.

    Musician Elton John gestures before being presented with the Harvard Humanitarian of the Year Award during ceremonies Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, on the campus of Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. John was recognized during the ceremonies for his work in fighting HIV/AIDS around the world.
    Associated Press

  • Musician Elton John, right, hugs Chase Sullivan, son of Harvard professors, center left, after Sullivan presented him with flowers during Harvard Humanitarian of the Year Award ceremonies Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, on the campus of Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. The musician was presented with the award for his long time work in fighting HIV/AIDS around the world.

    Musician Elton John, right, hugs Chase Sullivan, son of Harvard professors, center left, after Sullivan presented him with flowers during Harvard Humanitarian of the Year Award ceremonies Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, on the campus of Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. The musician was presented with the award for his long time work in fighting HIV/AIDS around the world.
    Associated Press

  • Musician Elton John applauds before being presented with the Harvard Humanitarian of the Year Award during ceremonies Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, on the campus of Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. Elton John was recognized during the ceremonies for his longtime work in fighting HIV/AIDS around the world.

    Musician Elton John applauds before being presented with the Harvard Humanitarian of the Year Award during ceremonies Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, on the campus of Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. Elton John was recognized during the ceremonies for his longtime work in fighting HIV/AIDS around the world.
    Associated Press

 
 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Elton John has been honored at Harvard University for his philanthropic efforts to fight HIV and AIDS.

The 70-year-old singer was awarded the Harvard Foundation's Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award in a ceremony Monday. Previous winners include former South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former Secretaries General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, Kofi Annan, Boutros Boutros-Ghali and Javier Perez de Cuellar.

John says he lost friends to AIDS, and regrets not doing more to help as he battled addictions early in his career.

He says his life changed when he met Ryan White, an Indiana teenager who became the poster child for HIV awareness during the 1980s AIDS crisis.

John's AIDS foundation has raised more than $300 million for HIV- and AIDS-related programs since it was established in 1992.

Article Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.