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YOUNG AIDS VICTIM'S SONG INSPIRES BENEFIT CONCERT FOR PEDIATRIC AIDS CLINICS

 YOUNG AIDS VICTIM'S SONG INSPIRES
 BENEFIT CONCERT FOR PEDIATRIC AIDS CLINICS
 UPPER PROVIDENCE TOWNSHIP, Pa., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Donny Taylor dreamed of becoming a recording artist but only recorded one song before his death, at age 10, due to complications from AIDS.
 "If I could change the world today, you know it would be a much better place. If I could change the world today, you know it would make me happy," Donny (not his real name) sang on the recording.
 Donny's song, and the voices of dozens of other children like him suffering from HIV and AIDS, were a driving force in the creation of "Caring in Concert," a concert set for 8 p.m. Friday at the Mann Music Center and benefitting the Pediatric AIDS Clinics at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
 "If I could change the world today, it would be a better place, for all the homeless ones. Why should people live in a box?"
 "Why do we have drugs in our cities when they can make you die? Why do people take them? Why just tell me why?" Donny sang in a compelling boyish voice professionally recorded on tape.
 No longer here to continue in song, Donny's voice will be replaced Friday by those of Roberta Flack, Burt Bacharach and Dionne Warwick singing in unison at "Caring in Concert," which will be emceed by Elayne Boosler, one of the busiest and most popular comedians working today. (Audio cassette copies of Donny's song are available.)
 The concert is being underwritten by Rhone-Poulenc Rorer (NYSE: RPR) which has made a corporate commitment of $1 million over five years to the Pediatric AIDS Clinics at the two hospitals. Together with Jonas Salk, founder of the polio vaccine and science advisor to Immune Response Corporation, RPR is working on the development of a Therapeutic AIDS Vaccine that has shown promise in dose-ranging studies. Results of accelerated Phase II/III U.S. FDA clinical trials are due in early 1993.
 Rhone-Poulenc Rorer is a global pharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development, marketing and manufacturing of human pharmaceuticals. The company reported sales of $3.8 billion in 1991 and plans to invest over $500 million in research and development in 1992.
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