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Road Construction on West Front Street in Middletown Until Aug. 8
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Wall, NJ – New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) today announced that it is installing 1,500 feet of main on West Front Street in Middletown, between... Read More...
Matawan Contractor Admits Failing to Perform Work for Post-Sandy Victims
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Admits He Took Deposits for Work He Never Did FREEHOLD, NJ - A Matawan-based contractor pleaded guilty to accusations of theft admitting he accepted... Read More...
IMAGE Telling Their Story Through the Power of Art
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
PHOTO: Amanda's Easel Program Coordinator Cindi Westendorf (second from left) and Canterbury Art Show volunteers in the 2013 art show gallery of... Read More...
IMAGE The Community YMCA Kicks Off ‘Togetherhood’ Initiative with School Supply Drive to Benefit Kids Near and Far
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
PHOTO: Sahar Akbarzai of Old Bridge helps Y campers create a mural that will travel to Afghanistan along with school supplies being collected at... Read More...
IMAGE Assistance Available for Organic Certification Costs
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
TRENTON, NJ  – The New Jersey Department of Agriculture announced a partnership with the federal government to reduce organic certification... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Not the Kind of Anchovy You Put on Pizza
by Joe Reynolds
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
If someone were to ask you the question what’s the most abundant and frequently found fish in Lower New York Bay, including Raritan Bay and Sandy... Read More...
IMAGE Review - Lucy
by David Prown
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
I saw the new movie, "Lucy" the other day starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman and this movie is going to do well in the box office. Not... Read More...
IMAGE Adoption Involving Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
by Daniel J. Vance
Saturday, 26 July 2014
Laura Bloch adored his picture. “My husband and I had just been approved through an adoption agency and the agency sent out a letter with a picture... Read More...
IMAGE Is It The Shadow?
by Woody Zimmerman
Friday, 25 July 2014
“Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of man? (Hoo-hoo-hoo-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!) The Shadow...” Starting in the 1930s, and extending well into... Read More...
IMAGE Spectator’s Observations
by George Hancock-Stefan
Thursday, 24 July 2014
During the World Cup, I watched as many games as possible. I watched them here at home, I watched a couple of games in Turkey where they were... Read More...

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danvance_120The morning of February 24, 2004, was one Bob Werner would rather forget. It began when his 20-year-old, college student daughter wasn't feeling well. "Becky had the chills and some fever," said 55-year-old Werner of Mukwonago, Wisconsin. "I told her she probably had the flu, and to stay home, grab a blanket, and take ibuprofen."

Becky stayed sick all day. At 1:00 a.m. the next morning, Bob's wife found Becky moaning on the hallway floor and the same again at 3:00 a.m. Believing she had the flu, Bob decided he could delay taking her to the hospital until sunrise. When checking on her again at 5:00 a.m., Bob's wife noticed Becky's eyes had rolled into the back of her head.

At the hospital, her blood pressure was 65/37. Her kidneys shut down first, then her liver, and a doctor mentioned a blood infection. As it turned out, she had a form of bacterial meningitis and soon died. According to the National Institutes of Health, meningitis involves tissue inflammation surrounding the brain and spinal cord.

Werner said, "My wife and I just looked at each other through the tears and said, 'What happened?' Over time, we started the Becky Werner Meningitis Foundation because we thought if we hadn't known about a vaccine that could have prevented meningitis, other families wouldn't know. Becky had a strain of it that was fully preventable by vaccine. If having had the shot, she would be here today."

Many physicians don't mention the $100 shot because only 3,000 cases pop up annually, he said. Of the 3,000, about 300 die and another 700 acquire a permanent disability, such as sight and hearing loss or amputation.

How he wishes Becky were alive. His daughter had a big smile, was fun-loving, bubbly, athletic, had lots of friends, and was a "daddy's girl," he said. His daughter's infection had been too far advanced for antibiotics to make any difference.

In part, the Becky Werner Meningitis Foundation invests donated funds into meningitis research at the Medical College of Wisconsin and financially helps affected families accumulating expenses, such as for service dogs. Said Werner, "The Centers for Disease Control recommends that children over age eleven get the shot. I tell parents to get informed and make a decision (about the shot). I don't know who would decide not to do it. I lost a child that way."

Contact: danieljvance.com [Sponsored by Palmer Bus Service and LittleGiantFudge.com.]