Father of meningitis survivor to run marathon in Dublin to help fight meningitis

17 Jul 2017
Father of meningitis survivor to run marathon in Dublin to help fight meningitis

Michael Fox, a father of two, from Dublin, has set himself the challenge of completing the Rock and Roll half marathon in Dublin next month in aid of Meningitis Research Foundation. Michael chose to support the charity after his baby daughter contracted enteroviral meningitis in November 2016, aged just one week old.

Michael said: “My daughter Perrie contracted meningitis when she was only one week old. On 14th November she became floppy and sleepy and had a very high temperature. My wife, Lisa, and I were concerned so we brought her to Tallaght hospital where she was tested for meningitis straight away and the results came back positive. Perrie was kept in for 4 days but thankfully she recovered well, without any after effects however I know many others aren’t so fortunate. My wife’s three year old nephew, Adam, contracted pneumococcal meningitis in 2008, resulting in hearing loss and now wears a cochlear implant as a result so we are well aware of the impact that this disease can have. It was a very scary time for me and my wife and so I have decided to run my first half marathon for Meningitis Research Foundation because I want to raise much needed funds and awareness of the disease that kills around 1,000 people around the world every day and leaves many more disabled.”

Monika Marchlewicz, Ireland Manager of Meningitis Research Foundation, said: “We are extremely grateful to Michael for running this marathon on our behalf. As he is aware meningitis and septicaemia are deadly diseases which can strike without warning, sometimes killing in hours, and leaving survivors with life-changing after effects. We rely on voluntary donations to fund our vital work into the prevention, detection and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia and support those affected, so every euro he raises from running this race will make a difference to the charity.”

You can sponsor Michael at https://www.idonate.ie/Rockandrollmarathon.

If you would like to run for the charity in 2017, or have any other fundraising ideas, please call our Dublin office on 01 819 6931 or visit: http://www.meningitis.org/get-involved.

For information on the signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia, you can call our freefone helpline on 1800 41 33 44, or find them here.

Media contacts: For further information, or to speak to Michael, please contact Caroline Krieger, Medical Information Officer, on: 01 819 6931/ caroline@meningitis-ireland.org.

Notes for editors:

Notes for editors:

  • There are currently 17 projects in MRF’s active research programme. Since the charity was founded in 1989, we have awarded 156 research grants. The total value of our investment in vital scientific research is over €24 million
  • MRF also supports those already affected with a telephone helpline, home visits and befriending. Our Freefone helpline – 1800 41 33 44 – provides information to the general public and those affected by the disease.
  • Donations can be made online but people can also donate €2 from their mobile phone by texting MenB to 50300. Texts cost €2. Meningitis Research Foundation will receive a minimum of €1.63. Service provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 076 6805278
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