The National Meningitis Association Brings Awareness, Hope
As you may have seen from some of my other posts on this blog, I like to donate to a few causes that do some incredible work for people in need. One of those charities is the National Meningitis Association.
The NMA began out of the pain this devastating disease can cause an individual and their family. When a handful of parents came together in 2002, they discovered that the meningococcal disease is preventable through vaccination. What began as a group became a movement that continues on strong today. Through the efforts of the NMA and its volunteers, awareness and prevention efforts are on the rise and the public has learned greatly about the dangers of the disease. Additionally, families and individuals suffering from its effects find support through the organization.
Since the NMA’s founding, meningitis research saw significant gains that the organization is proud to have taken part in. Advancements in the field include getting the Center for Disease Control’s recommendation to vaccinate all preteens and teens (with several states echoing the CDC’s suggestion), as well as seeing the vaccination rate climb while disease rates decline.
The NMA credits its dynamic board and staff for making such progress. However, it is also quick to give heaps of credit to its volunteers–most of whom know first-hand the pain this disease can inflict on a family. Volunteers include parents, survivors and family members offering their support. They offer their experiences to others to prevent the spread of the disease as well as to help others avoid this suffering.
Though the NMA and the efforts of others advanced the awareness and prevention of meningitis, more work remains. If you would like to get involved, please click the links to learn how you can partner with the NMA, volunteer your time and/or donate today.