Massachusetts Launch of the Sepsis Smart Awareness Campaign
September 26th 2019
Fundraiser In Honor of Emily
May 2nd 2020
Photo: Gerry Bedard, (left) lost his wife Norma to sepsis and has been working to raise public awareness in her honor. Tina Edwards of SAFE, Bela Maranhas, a sepsis survivor, shares her story to help others know the signs. Diana Rogier of SAFE.
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Betsy Lehman Center Newsletter Press Release
Sepsis is a serious medical condition resulting from the presence
of harmful microorganisms in the blood or other tissues and the body's
response to their presence, potentially leading to the malfunctioning
of various organs, shock and death.
Our family learned about this condition the hard way.
Our healthy, vibrant, active mother, Emily, died from sepsis in 2015.
270,000 Americans die yearly from an illness 50% of people know nothing about. This is unacceptable and we need positive change.
Sepsis death is completely preventable if caught in time - yet
7,000 Massachusetts Residents died from sepsis 2017. Cited from:
Betsy Lehman Center's interview with Secretary of Health and Human Services Mary Lou Sudders.
Our goal: Sepsis Awareness For Everyone in Massachusetts
(and beyond). Awareness can help save lives. We want people to ask:
"Could this be Sepsis?"
On this site we will post educational material, fundraising events and our work as part of the
Rory Staunton Foundation's National Family Council on Sepsis.
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Emily Edwards lost her life to sepsis in 2015. Since her loss, her family lead by daughters Kimberly, Tina and Diana, have been active members of the Rory Staunton Foundation's National Family Council on Sepsis. They have been advocating for life saving sepsis protocols here in Massachusetts as well as increased public awareness. Click below to see some of the progress that has been made.
Photos of DPH Commissoner Monica Baherl and Ciaran Staunton, Flight to Fight Sepsis, Council Meeting at CMS in Baltimore, Governor Bakers Proclamation, Fifth Sepsis Forum and Kick off event at State House for the Massachusetts Sepsis Consortium
Please feel free to contact us for further information in regards to our goal : sepsis awareness.
We are not medical professionals or experts. We are family members of a sepsis casualty trying to help educate others so that no other family has to lose a loved one to sepsis.