On the evening of August 25th we will honor a very special young woman – one who has accomplished much for young adults nationally. Our honoree, Jamie Schanbaum, granddaughter of Dallasite Gene Schanbaum, college student, survivor of meningitis, and subsequent amputee has become a leading advocate for legislation to make the meningitis vaccine mandatory. Diseases like Jamie’s and many others diseases are faced by young and old every day at Hadassah Hospital.
Meningitis survivor Jamie Schanbaum lost both her legs and all 10 fingers to meningitis, a disease that can be easily prevented with a vaccine. Read more about her story....http://spryliving.com/articles/a-meningitis-cautionary-tale-video/
Voices of Meningitis, a public health initiative of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) in collaboration with Sanofi Pasteur, announced today the launch of Get in the Game: Keeping Teens Healthy, a new program to help educate parents on the danger and prevention of meningococcal disease.
In an award-winning photograph by Paul Vincent Kuntz, a photographer at Texas Children’s Hospital, a young woman stares fiercely at his lens. She is obviously strong, determined, and confident. But the black and white picture captures your attention also by what it does not show. The young woman leaning against a bicycle is missing most of her fingers and both of her feet.
The National Meningitis Association celebrates its 10 year anniversary. Much has been accomplished this past decade, but there is still work to be done to ensure all pre-teens and teens are protected against meningococcal disease.Read More
Riding a bike is something we all learn to do when we're kids, and Jamie Schanbaum was no different. In 2008, she was a University of Texas student using her bike to get around Austin. "I was just a commuter. I wasn't a competitive cyclist at all," she said.
Now, she is a gold-medal-winning competitive cyclist, but the opportunity to become an accomplished rider came with a cost.
If at first you succeed to some extent, keep pushing the envelope. Not a quote that can be attributed directly, but these words define the strength, persistence and resolve of former Dallas resident, Jamie Schanbaum. On Nov. 12, 2008, Schanbaum woke up at a friend’s home, feeling more than not right. “I went home and couldn’t stop feeling cold and nauseous,” said the former Temple Shalom member. “By the time my sister took me to the hospital I couldn’t even stand on my own.” Schanbaum was diagnosed with Meningococcal Septicemia, a diagnosis that would change the course of her life.
Hear from the Confederation of Meningitis Organisations (CoMO) President Bruce Langoulant, medical experts, survivors and parents from around the world who have been touched by meningitis and who express the importance of vaccination.
Among the things 22-year old Jamie Schanbaum could not have anticipated three years ago was standing two inches taller, winning a national Paralympic gold medal in cycling and reveling in the Texas Legislature’s passage of two bills in her honor. Those gains, however, came after significant losses — most noticeably of both legs below the knee and much of each finger, the result of a bout with meningococcal septicemia in her sophomore year at the University of Texas.
Among the things 22-year old Jamie Schanbaum has now that she could not have anticipated three years ago are 2 extra inches in height when she stands, a gold medal from the USA Cycling Paralympic Road National Championships and two bills passed by the Texas Legislature in her honor. These gains came after significant losses — most noticeably both legs below the knee and most of each finger, the result of a bout with meningococcal septicemia during her sophomore year at the University of Texas.