There’s a saying that “what you don’t know won’t hurt you.” It’s not true. What I didn’t know hurt me. It cost me the life of my son.

Evan’s story as told by his mother Lynn.


Alicia Stillman, Director of The Emily Stillman Foundation, writes about the loss of her daughter Emily to bacterial meningitis. One of the goals of the foundation is to raise awareness of meningococcal disease and the various vaccines that are now available to prevent it.


Patti Wukovits, Founder of the Kimberly Coffey Foundation, recounts how her daughter died from meningococcal B virus two years before the vaccine became available to protect against this deadly strain of meningitis.

Patti wants parents to know about the meningococcal B vaccine (MenB) that could have saved her daughter’s life.


Ryan Milley was 18 years old when he developed a fever and earache on Father’s Day. During the early morning hours, Ryan entered his parent’s room. He was weak, and in the dim light his mother noticed a rash on his stomach and could literally see blood vessels rupturing all over his body.

After 25 years in the medical profession, Frankie Milley knew that her son had meningitis, and he was in trouble.


I have been an artist most of my life. Like a piece of my art, my body tells a story. My story is drawn on my face, it’s been stamped on my arms and legs. My hands are pieces of art by themselves.

Samantha shares her story of surviving meningococcal disease.

On Capitol Hill

“One person can make a difference.”

Four inspirational individuals shared their personal heartbreak with their Members of Congress to protect other families from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Your voice matters too… Help keep communities safe from vaccine-preventable diseases by reaching out to your state and federal policymakers to voice your support for vaccines and strong vaccination policies.