Jamie Ann S .
Hospital: Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX
On November 13, 2008, Jamie was rushed to Seton Hospital thinking she was having an asthma attack. Two days later, Jamie and her family learned she had contracted meningococcal septicemia, a disease similar to meningitis that infects the blood. Jamie survived, though sadly her legs and fingers had to be amputated as a result of infection. While Jamie is now self-sufficient, thanks in part to her prosthetics, she relies on Medicaid to cover her Medicare premiums. Jamie’s plight inspired her to educate the public about meningitis in order to prevent others from needlessly suffering from this vaccine-preventable disease through the formation of a nonprofit organization, the J.A.M.I.E. Group. Through her nonprofit, Jamie currently works with Texas Children’s Hospital’s Vaccine Center to advocate for the importance of vaccines. She is committed to lead the fight through education and community awareness, and to advocate for increased information for students, parents, teachers and the medical profession.