Mum tackles Big Fun Run after son survives meningitis

Mum tackles Big Fun Run after son survives meningitis

02 August 2012

A mum from Seaford has set herself a challenge in October to help raise funds for a national meningitis charity after her son, Dylan, survives meningitis.

Rachel Tuppen plans to run the 5k Big Fun Run on Sunday 14th October in Brighton for Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF).
Rachel said: “I have chosen to run for MRF because I want to raise awareness about how quickly meningitis can change lives. In September 2009 my son, Dylan (aged 10 months) contracted bacterial meningitis. After going to see the doctor as he was constantly crying and not himself, our GP sent us to hospital where he spent a night. The next day I was then told it was just a viral infection and we were sent home. However, his condition worsened so I took him back to our GP, who sent us back to hospital urgently. We saw a different doctor who did a lumbar puncture procedure; even though she felt the result would be negative. However, after a few hours she confirmed that Dylan did have meningitis and immediately put him on treatment to fight it. I was told later that if it had been 24 hours later then it might have been a different story.”

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Susie Bailey, Fundraising Officer at MRF, said “We are so grateful to Rachel who is raising money for MRF by taking part in the Big Fun Run in Brighton. Meningitis and septicaemia are diseases that can leave a baby, child or adult fighting for their life within hours of the first symptoms. As well as helping to raise much-needed funds for our work to fight meningitis, she has also helped raise awareness of this devastating disease.”

Anyone who would like further information on taking part in challenge events for MRF in 2013 should contact a member of the Fundraising Team on: 01454 281814.

Sam Williams
Media Relations Manager

Hi, I’m Sam and I’m MRF's PR Manager.

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