"Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while and leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same."
The Melissa Duarte Foundation is a non-profit charity, founded September 1996. The primary goal of the foundation is to increase awareness of meningococcal disease.
Our mission is to educate families, individuals and others about bacterial meningitis and prevention approaches to the disease.
In particular, we want to raise awareness and protection among parents and young adults, many of whom can be protected through education and vaccination efforts.
If you visit Missy’s site, and have experience “our loss”, we offer our deepest sympathy. We are here to talk to you, write to you and cry with you. Read Missy’s story......... we hope you smile with us............
To help educate families, and others about the dangers of bacterial meningitis and prevention approaches to the disease;
To offer assistance to parents, families and others who have suffered a similar loss.
To support our local students with scholarships and awards helping them to reach their goals.
To provide you with current facts and knowledge help ensure every child is offered protection from meningococcal disease through vaccination programs.