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<p>Saw this being shared on Facebook and thought I would spread the word.  A famous photographer named Anne Geddes is working with <span style="color:rgb(74,74,74);">Meningococcal Australia to spread awareness of the disease and awareness of the vaccine by taking beautiful portraits of people who have suffered from the disease.  I'll provide links to the story at the bottom of the page. </span></p>
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<p>"<span style="color:rgb(23,23,23);">Meet 6-year-old Bernadette, who contracted meningococcal disease when she was just 3 years old. Despite the loss of both legs from her knees down, and many of her fingers, Bernadette is everything a lovely little girl her age should be, and more. Her infectious spirit endeared her to everyone at the studio and made us realise that we should all concentrate on the more important things in life, as opposed to the petty day to day issues we find ourselves worrying about." </span></p>
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<p><a href="http://www.mothering.com/community/content/type/61/id/316724/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="316724" data-type="61" src="http://www.mothering.com/community/content/type/61/id/316724/width/500/height/700" style="; width: 500px; height: 700px"></a></p>
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<p>Here's a link to the story <a href="http://www.mamamia.com.au/mamamia-cares/meningococcal-campaign/" target="_blank">http://www.mamamia.com.au/mamamia-cares/meningococcal-campaign/</a></p>
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<p>And a link to the photographer's facebook page <a href="https://www.facebook.com/annegeddes" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/annegeddes</a></p>
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<p>"<span style="color:rgb(74,74,74);">Anne Geddes hopes the campaign will inspire parents to do what they can to protect their children against this terrible disease. “You just need to look at one of these children and you’ll understand the impact of this devastating disease. I’ve never met a parent who doesn’t want to protect their child and as a mum, it really would be </span><a href="http://www.mamamia.com.au/health-wellbeing/what-you-need-to-know-about-meningococcal/" style="color:rgb(51,102,153);margin:0px;padding:0px;" target="_blank">your worst nightmare to see your child go through such an ordeal.</a><span style="color:rgb(74,74,74);"> We need to empower parents to understand meningococcal disease and to know their options to help protect their children.”</span></p>
<p><span style="color:rgb(74,74,74);">The launch of the campaign coincides with the release of a new survey of 1,000 Australian parents that shows over half do not understand the disease and almost four out of five do not feel confident in identifying the signs and symptoms; yet for the majority it is the most concerning vaccine preventable childhood disease." </span></p>
 
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