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.
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.
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.
as a result of sepsis protocols7
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.