You are the hope

in the fight against sepsis.

Sepsis takes more lives in the US each year than breast cancer, AIDS and opioid overdoses combined.1 Needlessly. Rapidly. Indiscriminately. But it doesn't have to.

You have the power to stop it

Join us in our mission to fight this deadly but preventable condition.

Share the signs
1. Share the signs
that could save the lives of your loved ones.
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Spread the word
2. Spread the word
to raise awareness and show your support.
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Sign your name
3. Make a Change
by supporting sepsis protocols in all hospitals.

Up to 80% of sepsis deaths
can be prevented with early
recognition and rapid treatment.2

Up to 80% of sepsis deaths can be prevented with early recognition and rapid treatment.2

Sepsis is the body’s extreme and life-threatening response to an infection. Any kind of infection can lead to sepsis and, without timely treatment, can rapidly cause tissue damage, organ failure and death.3

Help increase the chance of survival by knowing the signs and sharing them with your friends and family. If you ever notice any of the signs in yourself or a loved one, immediately ask a healthcare provider the critical question, “Could it be sepsis?”

Share the signs of sepsis.3 It could save a life:

  • Fever and chills
  • Extreme pain
  • Rapid breathing
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Pale or mottled skin
  • Confusion or disorientation

Share the signs of sepsis.3 It could save a life:

  • Fever and chills
  • Extreme pain
  • Rapid breathing
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Pale or mottled skin
  • Confusion or disorientation

Sepsis is a leading killer of children worldwide,4 yet most people have never heard of it.5 Share your paper airplane video with the hashtag #FlyToFightSepsis to help raise awareness of this largely unknown, and misunderstood, killer.

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Survival decreases nearly 8% every hour without treatment.6

With sepsis, time is the enemy. Early diagnosis and treatment could save thousands of lives7. Make a change by sending a letter to your state’s policymakers supporting improvements in sepsis detection and management.

Lives saved in New York >5,000

as a result of sepsis protocols7

It all started with a boy and his dream.

Twelve-year-old Rory Staunton dreamed of flying from the time he could walk. But just days after falling and scraping his arm in gym class, he died from sepsis. Like so many others, Rory’s family had never heard of the condition. Since then, they have worked tirelessly to see to it that other families avoid the pain they continue to endure.

Rory’s life would have been saved had sepsis been rapidly diagnosed and treated. Through raising awareness and improving hospital procedures and medical diagnosis, Fly to Fight Sepsis strives to ensure no one dies needlessly from this preventable and treatable condition. Fly to Fight Sepsis is a partnership between the Rory Staunton Foundation and Roche Diagnostics.

The paper airplane started as a symbol of remembrance for Rory and his big dreams of taking flight. It has become a movement and a way to show love and support for families, celebrate survivors and provide hope for a world without sepsis.

Visit the Rory Staunton Foundation website for resources to help you take action in the fight against sepsis, and read the sepsis fact sheet for more about sepsis and how you can keep yourself and your loved ones safe.