Jamie to be Honored at Hadassah Events

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.

The Huffington Post: 5th Annual Meningitis Gala

The National Meningitis Association gala (NMAGive Kids a Shot, held recently at the New York Athletic Club, attracted people from all over the nation and from all walks of life - just as meningitis affects people from all walks of life. This fifth annual event was once again both an emotion-filled evening and a stellar success in aiding the fight against meningitis, a potentially vaccine-preventable disease.

KHOU Houston: Meningitis survivor who lost both feet celebrates her 'sweet' life

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.

Las Cruces Sun News: Meningitis survivor tells need for vaccine

A simple vaccination could have saved Dallas native Jamie Schanbaum all the pain and suffering of meningitis. That is the message she brought to LCPS Health Services Department staff Aug. 24 during a presentation with her mother, Patsy Schanbaum, in the administration building. "I want to be the drop into the water that causes the ripple," said Schanbaum.

KVUE Austin: Meningitis survivor, amputee to compete in Paralympics

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.

Texas Jewish Post: Jamie Schanbaum is on the move

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.

NY Times: Delight and Unease Over Law on Student Vaccinations

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.

Texas Tribune: Texas Universities Prepping for New Meningitis Law

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.