Tama Lee currently 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.
Lynn’s son Evan was a junior at Georgia Southwestern University when he lost his life to meningococcal disease. He was pitcher for his college baseball team and in excellent health. On a Wednesday morning in March 1998, Evan, called Lynn to say he had a terrible migraine headache. When the symptoms worsened, Lynn suggested he go to the emergency room. Hours later, he was in intensive care. For weeks, Evan struggled to fight the infection. Lynn and her family were surrounded by doctors and medical teams, clinging to any indication that he might live. But one complication followed another – extremely low blood pressure, damage to the lungs and liver, gangrene of the limbs followed by amputation of all his limbs, seizures and finally, irreversible brain damage. Evan died 26 days later. Lynn and her family were not aware that adolescents are at increased risk for contracting meningococcal disease and that it is potentially vaccine-preventable.