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IMAGE History on the Move: Battery Lewis Restoration at Hartshorne Park
Tuesday, 03 March 2015
PHOTO: As part of the Battery Lewis restoration project at Hartshorne Woods Park, an historic gun barrel from the USS New Jersey will arrive this March, similar to the one that once stood at this site during World War II. HIGHLANDS, NJ - It’s... Read More...
Nearly a Half-Billion in USDOT Grants for NJ Sandy Recovery, Resilience
Tuesday, 03 March 2015
Menendez, Booker, Pallone, Pascrell, Sires, Payne Announce Nearly a Half-Billion in USDOT Grants for NJ Sandy Recovery, Resilience WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, as well as Congressmen Frank Pallone (N.J.-06), Bill... Read More...
IMAGE New Book: Remarkable Women of the Jersey Shore
Tuesday, 03 March 2015
Meet the author at Barnes and Noble, Commons at Holmdel, 2134 Rte 35, Holmdel on Saturday, March 14 from 12-2 p.m. History is everywhere along the New Jersey Shore, from the lighthouses that dot the coast to the Victorian grandeur of Cape May. Less... Read More...
Ocean Avenue School Celebrates Reading with Fun Staff Video
Monday, 02 March 2015
Featuring teachers and staff dancing and singing to a remake of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" MIDDLETOWN, NJ - The staff at Ocean Avenue Elementary School created a fun, friendly video in honor of Read Across America Day to encourage students... Read More...
IMAGE Spring Forward and Change Your Batteries on Sunday
Monday, 02 March 2015
PHOTO: County Fire Marshal Henry Stryker III remind residents that the spring and fall time changes are perfect reminders to test this equipment and, if your detectors are battery operated, you should change the batteries as well. Semi-annual... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Bay Birds Attempt to Avoid Bay Ice
by Joe Reynolds
Monday, 02 March 2015
Brrrrrrrr. No doubt this was a cold winter season. Just how cold? February officially made it into the record books as the coldest February in... Read More...
IMAGE Bullers Went from Journalist to Advocate
by Daniel J. Vance
Sunday, 01 March 2015
Last week, I featured long-time journalist and disability advocate Finn Bullers of Kansas City, Kansas. I'm now featuring him again because of the... Read More...
IMAGE Monmouth Republicans Have a Bright Future
by Jack Archibald
Sunday, 01 March 2015
If last weekend was any indication, the Monmouth County Republican Party is in very good shape. In the dead of winter, the Monmouth GOP held two... Read More...
IMAGE Poetical License and Truth
by George Hancock-Stefan
Friday, 27 February 2015
Our Monmouth County neighbor Mr. Brian Williams from NBC was suspended for telling a story about his time in Iraq that was not completely... Read More...
IMAGE Skewed View - February 27, 2015
by Tom Brennan
Friday, 27 February 2015
Are you on you phone reading this eating a free sample at Whole Foods now?Then you may run into one of these people: http://bit.ly/1aiquX5 First... 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.]