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Board of Directors

President: Stephanie Papastephanou, Esq.

Vice President: Brandon Yochim

Treasurer: Michael Siligato, Esq.

Secretary: Sally McGettigan


Board of Trustees:

Angelica Yochim

Alexa Siligato

Demetri Papastephanou

Gina Papastephanou

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Naegleria Fowleri

* The CDC includes the following description of Naegleria Fowleri on its website:


Naegleria Fowleri (commonly referred to as the "brain-eating amoeba"), is a free-living microscopic ameba*, (single-celled living organism). It can cause a rare and devastating infection of the brain called primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM). The ameba is commonly found in warm freshwater (e.g. lakes, rivers, and hot springs) and soil. Naegleria Fowleri usually infects people when contaminated water enters the body through the nose. Once the ameba enters the nose, it travels to the brain where it causes PAM, which is usually fatal. Infection typically occurs when people go swimming or diving in warm freshwater places. In very rare instances, Naegleria infections may also occur when contaminated water from other sources (such as inadequately chlorinated swimming pool water. You cannot get infected from swelling contaminated water.

 * The chosen picture to depict Naegleria Fowleri is from an article published on the website popsci.com 

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=imgres&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwjYnZ7X5YLgAhVNON8KHU5-B-EQjhx6BAgBEAM&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.popsci.com%2Fbrain-eating-amoeba-spreading&psig=AOvVaw0k_LX73V4dw6ocU-pv63YX&ust=1548294785002721

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Our Mission

We created The Fabrizio Stabile Foundation for Naegleria Fowleri Awareness to bring awareness to, and educate as many people as possible about, this rare and preventable infection. We aim to do this through an annual fundraiser in Fabrizio's memory and hope to work with other affected families to save lives. 

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