On Monday, April 30, at 6 p.m. the public is invited to hear meningitis survivor Nick Springer share his story. Springer was 14 years old in August 1999 when he fell ill at summer camp and was diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis. As a result of the disease, he underwent 17 surgeries, including partial amputations on his arms and legs. Never one to give in, Springer only uses those assistive devices that he considers essential. He has been active in disabled sports, including sled hockey and wheelchair rugby and participated as a member of the U.S. Wheelchair Rugby team which won the gold medal in the Paralympics in Beijing, China in September 2008.
According to the National Meningitis Association, 1500 people in the U.S. are affected each year by this serious and potentially fatal bacterial infection. Adolescents and young adults are at increased risk of contracting the disease. Vaccine offers the best protection against the disease and is readily available in the U.S.
The evening is hosted by Westview School Corporation in cooperation with Vaccinate Indiana. Door prizes and giveaways will be offered, complements of the LaGrange County Health Department and the Noble County Health Department. Parkview LaGrange Hospital will provide a free, cookout-style meal following Springer’s presentation.
For more information, contact Westview Elementary School Nurse Sherilyn Lackey, RN, BSN, NCSN, at (260) 786-7717.