PROTECTING OUR TOMORROWS CAMPAIGN

Protecting Our Tomorrows: Portraits of Meningococcal Disease is a global awareness project, sponsored by Novartis Vaccines (NovartisVaccines.com).

The project aims to broaden awareness of the importance of meningococcal disease prevention and empower parents to ask their pediatricians about the threat of meningococcal disease and about current and potential future vaccination options to help protect their children.

Through use of thought-provoking and inspiring photographs captured by world-renowned photographer and children’s advocate Anne Geddes (AnneGeddes.com), the project will highlight the impact this sudden, aggressive disease can have on survivors and families.

Working closely with various regional advocacy organizations around the world, and the Confederation of Meningitis Organisations (CoMO) (CoMOMeningitis.org) on a global level, Protecting Our Tomorrows will highlight powerful stories of survival and loss.

As global ambassador, Anne Geddes is traveling the world through spring 2014 to capture these inspirational images. The complete image collection will feature approximately 12 participants from countries around the world – including Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Spain and the UK – and will be made available to the public in an eBook on World Meningitis Day, April 24, 2014.

The Protecting Our Tomorrows: Portraits of Meningococcal Disease eBook is now available for free download on iBooks. In honor of World Meningitis Day, download your copy of the eBook today: http://bit.ly/1oEZumh.

The Protecting Our Tomorrows: Portraits of Meningococcal Disease eBook is now available for free download on iBooks. In honor of World Meningitis Day, download your copy of the eBook today: http://bit.ly/1oEZumh.

Posted on Wednesday, July 2nd 2014

A Message from Anne: 
Protecting Our Tomorrows: Portraits of Meningococcal Disease is a campaign that I am honored to be part of and one of my most important projects to date. As a photographer and mother, it was incredibly moving to meet these young people and see firsthand the impact that meningococcal disease has had on their lives. I hope that these images will inspire you to be vigilant. Be aware of the signs and symptoms, trust your instincts and speak with your physician about vaccination to help protect your family from this potentially devastating disease.
XOXO Anne

A Message from Anne:
Protecting Our Tomorrows: Portraits of Meningococcal Disease is a campaign that I am honored to be part of and one of my most important projects to date. As a photographer and mother, it was incredibly moving to meet these young people and see firsthand the impact that meningococcal disease has had on their lives. I hope that these images will inspire you to be vigilant. Be aware of the signs and symptoms, trust your instincts and speak with your physician about vaccination to help protect your family from this potentially devastating disease.
XOXO Anne

Posted on Wednesday, July 2nd 2014

Baby Matteo was diagnosed with meningococcal disease when he was 4 months old. Remaining in the hospital for more than a month, multiple procedures were performed to minimize scarring he suffered on his legs, coccyx and head. Infants are among the most at risk for developing meningococcal disease. 

To learn more, download the free Protecting Our Tomorrows eBook here: http://bit.ly/1oEZumh.

Baby Matteo was diagnosed with meningococcal disease when he was 4 months old. Remaining in the hospital for more than a month, multiple procedures were performed to minimize scarring he suffered on his legs, coccyx and head. Infants are among the most at risk for developing meningococcal disease.

To learn more, download the free Protecting Our Tomorrows eBook here: http://bit.ly/1oEZumh.

Posted on Monday, June 30th 2014

Anne unveiled the full collection of fifteen images for Protecting Our Tomorrows during an exhibition in Toronto. There, she shared her insights on the campaign and encouraged parents to be vigilant and to learn more about vaccination options. 

To view all Protecting Our Tomorrows images, download the free Protecting Our Tomorrows eBook here:  http://bit.ly/1oEZumh.

Anne unveiled the full collection of fifteen images for Protecting Our Tomorrows during an exhibition in Toronto. There, she shared her insights on the campaign and encouraged parents to be vigilant and to learn more about vaccination options.

To view all Protecting Our Tomorrows images, download the free Protecting Our Tomorrows eBook here: http://bit.ly/1oEZumh.

Posted on Wednesday, June 25th 2014

US participant Jamie suffered the loss of both legs below the knees, fingers on both hands and underwent multiple skin grafts. With the support of her mom, Jamie worked to pass US Senate Bill 819, also known as The Jamie Schanbaum Act, in 2009, requiring meningitis vaccinations for college students in her home state of Texas. Jamie is a strong advocate for disease education and vaccination. 

Download the free Protecting Our Tomorrows eBook here: http://bit.ly/1oEZumh.

US participant Jamie suffered the loss of both legs below the knees, fingers on both hands and underwent multiple skin grafts. With the support of her mom, Jamie worked to pass US Senate Bill 819, also known as The Jamie Schanbaum Act, in 2009, requiring meningitis vaccinations for college students in her home state of Texas. Jamie is a strong advocate for disease education and vaccination.

Download the free Protecting Our Tomorrows eBook here: http://bit.ly/1oEZumh.

Posted on Monday, June 23rd 2014

Aaron, a 10-year-old from Ireland, became ill with meningococcal disease when he was a newborn. After two weeks in the hospital, Aaron made an almost full physical recovery but was left with some learning disabilities that impact his school work. In Aaron’s image, a dove symbolizes hope for the future, and also honors those who have lost their lives to this disease.

Download the free Protecting Our Tomorrows eBook here: http://bit.ly/1oEZumh.

Aaron, a 10-year-old from Ireland, became ill with meningococcal disease when he was a newborn. After two weeks in the hospital, Aaron made an almost full physical recovery but was left with some learning disabilities that impact his school work. In Aaron’s image, a dove symbolizes hope for the future, and also honors those who have lost their lives to this disease.

Download the free Protecting Our Tomorrows eBook here: http://bit.ly/1oEZumh.

Posted on Friday, June 20th 2014

The World Meningitis Day exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto featured the portraits of the 15 meningococcal disease survivors who participated in Protecting Our Tomorrows: Portraits of Meningococcal Disease. They represented eight countries from around the world. To learn more about each participant’s story, download the free Protecting Our Tomorrows eBook here: http://bit.ly/1oEZumh

The World Meningitis Day exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto featured the portraits of the 15 meningococcal disease survivors who participated in Protecting Our Tomorrows: Portraits of Meningococcal Disease. They represented eight countries from around the world. To learn more about each participant’s story, download the free Protecting Our Tomorrows eBook here: http://bit.ly/1oEZumh

Posted on Wednesday, June 18th 2014

Kate contracted meningococcal disease when she was 16 years old, after returning from summer camp. She had just recently gone tubing – so when she found bruises on her legs, her family did not think it was abnormal until she started feeling feverish.  She spent months recovering and was left with dark purple scars on her legs. 


Download the free Protecting Our Tomorrows eBook here:  http://bit.ly/1oEZumh

Kate contracted meningococcal disease when she was 16 years old, after returning from summer camp. She had just recently gone tubing – so when she found bruises on her legs, her family did not think it was abnormal until she started feeling feverish. She spent months recovering and was left with dark purple scars on her legs.


Download the free Protecting Our Tomorrows eBook here: http://bit.ly/1oEZumh

Posted on Monday, June 16th 2014

Julio, a  15-year-old participant from Brazil, was diagnosed with meningococcal disease when he was 12. He suffered the loss of both legs and the fingers on one of his hands in order to survive. Anne captures his strength in this portrait. 

Download the free Protecting Our Tomorrows eBook here:  http://bit.ly/1oEZumh

Julio, a 15-year-old participant from Brazil, was diagnosed with meningococcal disease when he was 12. He suffered the loss of both legs and the fingers on one of his hands in order to survive. Anne captures his strength in this portrait.

Download the free Protecting Our Tomorrows eBook here: http://bit.ly/1oEZumh

Posted on Wednesday, June 11th 2014

This video features US participant, Jamie, who was diagnosed with meningococcal disease while she was a sophomore in college. Jamie was rushed to the hospital with what she thought was an asthma attack. Two days later, she learned she had contracted meningococcal septicemia. Watch to learn more about her inspiring story in her own words.

Posted on Wednesday, June 11th 2014

Megan, a participant from Canada, was only 2 years old when she contracted meningococcal disease.  Her legs and nine fingers were amputated and she had to undergo reconstructive knee surgery.  Megan’s family says that she copes with her amputations with a cheerful countenance, facing life’s challenges head-on and without hesitation.
Download the free Protecting Our Tomorrows eBook here:  bit.ly/1oEZumh.

Megan, a participant from Canada, was only 2 years old when she contracted meningococcal disease.  Her legs and nine fingers were amputated and she had to undergo reconstructive knee surgery.  Megan’s family says that she copes with her amputations with a cheerful countenance, facing life’s challenges head-on and without hesitation.

Download the free Protecting Our Tomorrows eBook here:  bit.ly/1oEZumh.

Posted on Wednesday, June 11th 2014

Benjamin survived meningococcal disease after contracting it as a 4-month-old infant.  He spent many months in the hospital and was left with life-altering physical and mental disabilities. Benjamin loves listening to pop music and his mom founded a meningitis awareness  group in his honor.   
Download the free Protecting Our Tomorrows eBook here:  bit.ly/1oEZumh.

Benjamin survived meningococcal disease after contracting it as a 4-month-old infant.  He spent many months in the hospital and was left with life-altering physical and mental disabilities. Benjamin loves listening to pop music and his mom founded a meningitis awareness  group in his honor.   

Download the free Protecting Our Tomorrows eBook here:  bit.ly/1oEZumh.

Posted on Monday, June 2nd 2014

Last year, Victoria, our participant from Spain, suffered the loss of both her legs due to meningococcal septicemia. At 5 years old, Victoria is still healing from the great impact of her experience with meningococcal disease.
To learn more about Victoria’s story and other participants, download the free Protecting Our Tomorrows eBook here:  bit.ly/1oEZumh.

Last year, Victoria, our participant from Spain, suffered the loss of both her legs due to meningococcal septicemia. At 5 years old, Victoria is still healing from the great impact of her experience with meningococcal disease.

To learn more about Victoria’s story and other participants, download the free Protecting Our Tomorrows eBook here:  bit.ly/1oEZumh.

Posted on Wednesday, May 28th 2014

Elias, the Protecting Our Tomorrows participant from Germany, and his family joined Anne at the Hamburg exhibit to honor World Meningitis Day 2014 and  celebrate the launch of the project.

Download the free Protecting Our Tomorrows eBook featuring 15 survivors of meningococcal disease here:  bit.ly/1oEZumh.

Elias, the Protecting Our Tomorrows participant from Germany, and his family joined Anne at the Hamburg exhibit to honor World Meningitis Day 2014 and  celebrate the launch of the project.

Download the free Protecting Our Tomorrows eBook featuring 15 survivors of meningococcal disease here:  bit.ly/1oEZumh.

Posted on Wednesday, May 28th 2014