While Joan Sawyer had heard of meningococcal disease, vaccination against the disease was not a requirement when her daughter, Kelli, went to college. In fact, it wasn’t until Kelli battled the disease at the age of 34 that Joan learned of the true dangers of meningococcal disease and the importance of immunization. Kelli survived, but had to undergo amputation of her right leg below the knee and her left foot in order to save her life. Joan and her family feel quite fortunate that Kelli survived and are now dedicated to raising awareness of the disease with their community.
“I read an article about meningococcal disease a week before Kelli got sick,” said Joan. “I never thought that Kelli was at risk of contracting this disease and I want to make sure other families can protect their children.”