Nearly everyone affected by meningococcal meningitis can experience a profound loss. Many have experienced the greatest loss: a son, daughter, brother or sister. Loss takes many forms and even the survivors have lost something they can never get back. These are stories of lives changed forever by a potentially preventable disease.
Linda and Dwight Fryer
“She was gone and we had no idea what had happened to her.”
Linda and Dwight Fryer could not have been prouder of their daughter, Adrienne. She was bright, talented and vibrant. And taken way too soon by a preventable disease.
“Chris said, ‘Dad, I can't feel my feet,’ and those were his last words.”
Leslie’s son, Chris, became ill just after the end of his soccer season during his senior year of high school. The symptoms escalated quickly, and before anyone knew what had happened, he was gone.
“I was looking forward to all the fun things about that year, like prom and graduation. And overnight, that all changed.”
During her senior year of high school, Francesca’s world was turned upside down. Years later, she’s recovered much of her health, but she can’t get back all that meningitis took from her.
“I can’t believe there are bacteria that can take a loved one away in a matter of hours.”
When Melanie’s sister Lindsay was diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis at 18-years-old, Melanie raced to be with her in the hospital. That was their last moment together.
“The doctors told my family there was a 20% chance I would make it to the morning.”
As a high school senior, Blake faced a challenge that left life-long consequences. No teenager should have to take on what could be preventable.
Krystle Beauchamp Grindley
“They couldn’t even give me an answer about what my future would be. That’s when I knew this was serious.”
On the first day of her spring semester in college, Krystle knew something wasn’t right. Within hours, her life had changed forever with a diagnosis of meningococcal meningitis.