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National Meningitis Association Launches Interactive Online Panel About Meningitis Dangers
Date:5/11/2009

Mothers of Children Personally Affected By Meningococcal Meningitis Reach Out to Other Families at www.nmaus.org/panel

MARIETTA, Ga., May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Lori Buher and Marybeth Leeber each watched her child ravaged by meningococcal disease (also known as bacterial meningitis) -- enduring comas, painful skin grafts, organ transplants and multiple limb amputations. Jane Hession and Kathy Huddleson both lost an otherwise healthy child to the disease within hours of their first symptoms. These mothers are now banding together online to share their experiences and answer questions in an effort to protect other families from this devastating disease. They are part of the National Meningitis Association's (NMA) new online panel (www.nmaus.org/panel/), an interactive resource that allows people from across the country to communicate with these mothers about meningococcal disease.

Lori, Marybeth, Jane and Kathy are also part of NMA's Moms on Meningitis (M.O.M.s) program, a coalition of mothers from across the country whose children's lives have been significantly affected by meningococcal disease, and who support NMA in its efforts to educate local communities about meningococcal disease and prevention.

"Most of the parents involved in NMA didn't know about meningococcal disease, or that it is potentially vaccine-preventable, before their children got sick. We want to prevent that from happening to other families," said Lynn Bozof, Executive Director of the National Meningitis Association, whose own son Evan also died from the disease. "Our new online panel allows people to interact with mothers who have first-hand knowledge of meningococcal disease, and to receive personalized answers to their questions."

The online panel is the centerpiece of a larger NMA social media ou
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