The Story Behind the Project
The Meningitis B Action Project was started by two mothers who each lost their young, healthy daughters too soon to a now vaccine-preventable disease, Meningitis B (known as MenB). High school senior Kimberly Coffey, 17, died one week before her graduation. College sophomore Emily Stillman, 19, died just 36 hours after her first symptoms.
In the case of Kimberly and Emily, while both had received the MenACWY vaccine, the MenB vaccine was not yet available to help protect them from MenB.
In 2014, to educate the public about meningococcal disease and MenB vaccination, Patti Wukovits and Alicia Stillman each established their own foundations named after their daughters. Learn more about The Kimberly Coffey Foundation (Facebook) and The Emily Stillman Foundation (Facebook).
Patti, a registered nurse, and Alicia, an accountant, have worked tirelessly over the last year to spread their message. Today, both mothers have joined forces under the Meningitis B Action Project to make sure other parents don’t needlessly suffer the same fate.
The objective of the Project is three-fold:
1. Arm parents and young adults with the information to proactively talk to their healthcare professional about MenB and the vaccine available to help prevent it.
2. Encourage the medical community and high school, college and university administrators to inform their patients and students about the MenB vaccine.
3. Engage policymakers to ensure broader access to the MenB vaccine.
Join Our B-Team
Every action makes a BIG difference. We need your help to get our message to everyone who needs to hear it.
It’s clear from our name that we are all about action. But we also know that we can’t do it alone. Thankfully, we have you on our side!
The B-team is our incredible community of Meningitis B advocates helping us increase awareness of Meningitis B and Meningitis B vaccination in their own communities - through big and small actions alike.
B-team members are the first to know about new resources to help them advocate, opportunities to get involved, and much, much more. You’ll also be invited to participate in calls with our founders Patti and Alicia to receive valuable advocacy training, meet other advocates, share your progress and brainstorm new ideas. We always have a lot going on here at the Meningitis B Action Project, so every quarter, we will be in touch with new opportunities for our B-team advocates to get involved.
Our first mission was Day of Action Against Meningitis B on April 24, and boy did the B-team deliver! Read more