Meningitis in your words

Latisha Marie's story

  • Location: USA
  • Categories: Pneumococcal
  • Age: Adult 25-59
  • Relationship: Brother or Sister
  • Outcome: Bereavement
Latisha Marie

The Latisha Marie Foundation was founded in 2022 by Laprice Shari. Laprice lost her sister to Pneumococcal meningitis in 1995, she was only 19 years old. Latisha contracted meningitis days before her first birthday, she spent the majority of her life at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis, MO. 


I only met my sister one time; I remember the day as if it was yesterday! I was 9 years old, I walked into her hospital room and her bed was sitting in front of the window, her limbs were contracted but her spirit was full of joy! I remember the bright smile on her face when my mother called her name. This memory will last with me forever. 


As a nonprofit organization, our mission is to educate the community about meningitis, the importance of vaccinations and support other families dealing with the disease. 



I would tell them that we are here to bring awareness and let them know that they’re not in this alone! I started the organization because my sister did not have this type of support when she was going through this.

Laprice Franklin
July 2024

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