Greg and Laurie Stelzer

The Stelzer’s Story

Laurie and Greg’s daughter Sara was a freshman at San Diego State University when she called home one evening to say she didn’t feel well. Despite feeling sick, she attended class the next day to deliver a speech. The following day, she developed a rash of small purplish red spots on her legs and was rushed to the hospital. When Laurie and Greg arrived at the hospital, just 40 hours after that first call, Sara was in a coma and on a ventilator. Days later, she passed away from serogroup B meningococcal disease.

Sara had been vaccinated, but at the time, available vaccines only protected against four of the five serogroups of meningococcal disease. Now vaccines are available to protect against all major serogroups. Laurie and Greg work with NMA to spread awareness about the symptoms of meningitis and available vaccination options.

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