The Meningitis Foundation of America was established after David Spilker and his son survived pneumococcal meningitis stemming from an ear infection in 1997.
At the time the closest resource and support David Spilker and his son had was through the National Meningitis Trust in the UK. With donations from friends, family and significant endowments; the Meningitis Foundation of America was formed with the purpose to supporting others that were facing similar challenges, awareness, safety and vaccinations. Dave Spilker made the Meningitis Foundation of America, Inc. with the goals to essentially provide family support, information to the general public, and education to the medical community in order to reach universal early diagnosis for anyone suspected of having meningitis; to make meningitis vaccinations mandatory for everyone.
The MFA has been the platform for the development of a number of meningitis based organizations across America such as the National Meningitis Association and Meningitis Angels of which founders of both organizations have presided as board members of the Meningitis Foundation of America. The terrible disease can take a loved one in 24-28 hours, devastating and dissolving families when a death (especially a child) is the end result.
We are here to eradicate this disease with education and vaccination. Our challenge to everyone is make them meningitis ambassadors empowered to spread the word with prevention and vaccination.