MRF families to share experiences of deadly diseases.

MRF families to share experiences of deadly diseases.

17 May 2012

MRF are holding a special Members’ Day for supporters from the Home Counties who have been affected by meningitis and septicaemia on Saturday 19th May.

30 families and employees from corporate supporters Deutsche Bank will take the opportunity to enjoy the attractions of Woburn Safari Park, receive an update on the work of MRF and meet families who have had first hand experience of how devastating meningitis and septicaemia can be.

Shirley Gieron, Head of Membership & Helpline said: “Meningitis changes lives which is why bringing families together is so important. Members’ days are also about giving something back to our members. Some of them have gone through some very traumatic experiences yet they are always willing to help raise money for research, participate in trials as well as promote awareness of the diseases. ”

Meningitis and septicaemia are deadly diseases that can strike anyone without warning, killing one in ten, and leaving a quarter of survivors with life-changing after effects such as brain damage, amputations, hearing loss and epilepsy.

Cat Barker from Milton Keynes said: "My son Leon was seriously ill with meningococcal septicaemia in January 2007, aged 18 months. He was in a coma for a week on life support for nearly 2 weeks and all in all spent just over a month in hospital at oxford. Unfortunately the septicaemia rotted his aortic heart valve which meant he was heavily medicated and monitored. Eventually he underwent open heart surgery at Great Ormond Street in July 2010 and has recovered very well. He will need medical intervention for his heart for the rest of his life. It is so important to be aware of the symptoms; Leon is one of the lucky ones! I'm going along to show support for MRF and to meet other families who have had similar experiences.” 

Sam Williams
Media Relations Manager

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