Friends: Before we bid the year farewell, we wanted to highlight some of our most important achievements in 2017, made possible with your generous support. We look forward to a busy and productive 2018! We wish you all a happy and peaceful New Year.
Sepsis Education for 3 Million Children (and Counting)…
2017 was a very big year for the Foundation’s mission to provide sepsis education to every schoolchild in America! Together with the New York State Department of Education and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the Foundation developed a comprehensive K-12 sepsis curriculum. On October 24, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Rory Staunton’s Law, which brings our curriculum to New York State’s 3 million school children, free of charge.
New Video and Book for Kids of All Ages
The Foundation produced two new resources to spread sepsis awareness: A beautifully animated two-minute video, Sepsis: What You Need to Know to Save a Life, and a read-along picture book for small children, entitled Ouch! I Got a Cut! about a day in the park that leads to a valuable lesson for three young friends about the importance of caring for cuts and scrapes.
Our video has been viewed and shared widely across the social media and in classrooms and our book has already sold out twice on Amazon!
Victory in New Jersey and Pennsylvania for Sepsis Protocols/Rory’s Regulations
New Jersey and Pennsylvania are set to become the next states to pass Rory’s Regulations (mandatory sepsis protocols) in early 2018! The National Family Council on Sepsis has worked hard in these states and others to advocate for the passage of mandatory sepsis protocols and we are enormously proud of their persistence and accomplishments.
There are just a few more days to make a tax deductible donation in 2017!
Will you help us bring sepsis education and hospital protocols to your state?
Every dollar brings us closer to a safer world!
The Medical Community and the Rory Staunton Foundation
A Video on Rory’s Story by People Magazine Received Over 1.6 Million Views
We know that when it comes to raising public awareness of sepsis, the mainstream media offers an unparalleled platform. In 2017, our work was featured in major national outlets including the New York Times, USA Today, and People magazine, which produced a video about Rory’s Story that was viewing more than 1.6 million viewers. We are grateful for the opportunity to reach millions of people with our story and the information they need to save their loved ones’ lives.
WHO Adopts Landmark Sepsis Resolution to Reduce Mortality Rates
A high point of 2017 was the Foundation’s participation in the 70th World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva. Ciaran Staunton attended in support of the passage of a landmark resolution that dedicates $4.6 million to reducing sepsis mortality rates through the effective use of antimicrobials, the introduction of affordable vaccines, the provision of suitable services for survivors, and the promotion of the use of the term ‘sepsis’ to improve public awareness. Sepsis the biggest killer of infants and children worldwide and claims 6 million lives each year. You can listen to Ciaran’s full remarks HERE.
Fly to Fight Sepsis!