Meningitis changes lives forever.

Everyone affected by meningococcal meningitis has experienced 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.

Melanie Wheaton Watch

Melanie Wheaton

“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.

Blake Schuchardt Watch

Blake Schuchardt

“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 Watch

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.