2. Magic Johnson
Known as one of the best players in college basketball history at Michigan State, Earvin “Magic” Johnson was selected first overall in the 1979 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers.
With five NBA championships, 12 All-Star Games, three MVP Awards and an Olympic Gold Medal, Johnson quickly became a basketball star and legend.
As HIV became more and more prominent in the late 1980s, many believed that the diagnosis only affected gay men. However, in 1991, as Magic Johnson announced that he was HIV positive, the world’s perspective changed.
Still in the prime of his NBA career, Johnson took the opportunity to become an advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness. A prime example for what medicine can do, Johnson’s treatment has gone so well that there are almost no symptoms of the virus and, astonishingly enough, his T-levels are almost the same as a normal person. Talk about a modern marvel in medicine!