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About NMA


The National Meningitis Association, Inc. (NMA) is a national nonprofit public charity founded in July, 2002. The primary goal of NMA is to educate and increase awareness of meningococcal meningitis and meningococcal disease. The founding members were personally affected by the tragedy of meningococcal disease.

NMA’s mission is to educate families, medical professionals and others about bacterial meningitis and prevention approaches to the disease. 

In particular, NMA is focused on raising awareness and protection among adolescents and young adults, many of whom can be protected through education and vaccination efforts.

Our Goals

  1. To help ensure every child is offered protection from meningococcal disease through vaccination programs;
  2. To help educate families, medical professionals, and others about the dangers of bacterial meningitis and prevention approaches to the disease;
  3. To support research and development of improved meningitis vaccines;
  4. To support research and development of improved treatments for patients stricken by meningitis;
  5. To assist families dealing with, and survivors of, meningococcal disease and meningococcemia.

Read the 2006 NMA Annual Report PDF

Please scroll down to learn more about our board of directors.

Meet the Board

Candie Benn
Candie Benn, a founding director of NMA, resides in San Diego, CA. In 1995 her then 18-year-old daughter Melanie, a freshman living in a dorm on a college campus, came home for Christmas break. Melanie was rushed to the emergency room on Christmas Eve with flu-like symptoms and returned home in late April after a five-month life saving battle. Candie and her family learned there was a vaccine to prevent this disease only after Melanie was in the hospital. Melanie lost her arms and legs to meningococcemia and was on dialysis for over a year until her father donated a kidney to her. Melanie graduated from UCLA with a Master's degree in social work and is now on staff at the hospital that saved her life.
Lynn Bozof
Lynn Bozof, a founding director of NMA, resides in Atlanta, GA. Her 20-year-old son, Evan, died on April 20, 1998, after a 26-day battle with meningococcal disease and meningococcemia. During these 26 days, he had both arms and legs amputated. Evan was a college junior, honor student and pitcher on his university baseball team. At that time, all of his family was unaware that a vaccine existed that could have saved his life. Read Evan's Story.
Tama Lee
Tama Lee, elected to the NMA board, resides in Atlanta, GA.  Tama had never heard of meningococcal disease until her son Casey contracted the life-threatening bacterial infection while a senior in high school.  Casey died only 18 hours after experiencing the first symptoms of the disease. It was only after her son’s death that Tama learned immunization may have saved his life.  Read Stuart Casey Lee's Story.
Leslie Maier
Leslie Maier, elected to the NMA board, resides in Tucson, AZ.  Leslie’s son Chris was a high school senior and a star soccer player when meningococcal disease tragically took his life in 2005.  The disease progressed so quickly that Chris, a healthy, active young man, died the day after his first symptoms appeared.  Leslie was not aware that immunization may have prevented her son’s death and now wants to protect other families from experiencing the same tragedy. Read Christopher's Story.
Nancy Springer
Nancy Springer, a founding director of NMA, resides outside of New York City. Nancy was affected by meningococcemia when her then 14-year-old son, Nick, came down with the disease in August 1999. Within 24 hours, Nick, who was at sleep away camp, was on full life support and kidney dialysis. Nick did survive, but both his legs and hands were amputated as a result of the disease. Nick now enjoys wheelchair rugby, sled hockey, swimming, and walks with prosthetics. Read Nick's Story.


Contact Us

Please contact us at the following:

The National Meningitis Association, Inc. (NMA)
738 Robinson Farms Drive
Marietta, GA 30068

Phone: 1.866.366.3662 (1.866.FONE.NMA)
Fax: 1.877.703.6096

E-mail: [email protected]


We are a 501(c)(3) public charity.
We received our advance ruling from the IRS on August 3, 2001.
Our EIN is 52-2299539.

Please Send Tax-Deductible Donations to the Above Address.

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