Meet the Council


The National Family Council on Sepsis has members in 36 states and continues to expand rapidly. If you would like to be connected to members in your state, contact us. Below are a few of the faces that make up the National Family Council on Sepsis.


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In April 2005 I almost died after a bout of sepsis caused by an invasive group A strep infection. My primary mission is to raise awareness. I volunteer as an ambassador for Sepsis Alliance and raise awareness every chance I get. I am currently working with Georgia lawmakers to introduce legislation to mandate sepsis protocols at every medical center in our state. I also helped coordinate “Spike Out Sepsis Atlanta” for three years running.
— Karen, Georgia
I developed sepsis in March, 2016. I knew nothing about it and would have died but for the fast-acting medical staff. Nonetheless, I went into septic shock; it took me three months to recover. If it weren’t for the sepsis protocols adopted in New York, my life would have been in greater jeopardy. I am now well versed the lethal effects of sepsis and am proud to be associated with the National Family Council and will do everything I can to get every state to adopt sepsis protocols.
— Alan, New York
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I lost my 9-month-old baby girl (first and only), Clover, to sepsis.  Multiple doctors did not recognize Clover’s symptoms and, as a result, she did not receive the timely, life-saving treatment she needed. I never want any other family to experience what we did. I plan to work on getting sepsis regulations in our state and organizing fundraising/awareness events with a special interest in recognition and early treatment of pediatric sepsis.
— Allison, South Carolina
I joined the National Family Council on Sepsis because, as a septic shock survivor, I feel that it is so important to encourage awareness, not only to medical professionals but to the general population as well, in order to prevent the devastating effects of sepsis. I am interested in participating in fundraising events and as a support for those who have suffered from sepsis.
— Emily, New York
My husband, Jeff, died from sepsis on October 20, 2012. Sepsis took his life less than 24 hours of having the first symptom. I was left a 35-year-old widow with four kids (two under the age of 3). Since then, I have worked to raise awareness of sepsis through the annual Jeffrey Davis 5K and have petitioned my governor to implement sepsis protocols my home state of Colorado.
— Lisa, Colorado
I become aware of sepsis on September 4, 2016, when my sister, Shari, passed away from septic shock. She had a surgical wound infection that was left untreated when she underwent chemo. She went into shock and passed away five days later. I began to educate myself on the importance of raising public awareness of the signs of sepsis. I am looking forward to working with state officials to mandate pediatric sepsis protocols in the emergency departments. I am also a sepsis survivor.
— Maureen, California
When our family lost our mother to sepsis on May 8th 2015, we had no idea what sepsis was. As we researched for answers, we came across Rory’s story, an instant connection was made. We knew in that moment by joining The Family Council we were not alone and have been blessed with support and guidance from other council members as well as the Staunton family. Since joining the Council, we have dedicated ourselves to helping promote the need for mandatory sepsis protocols in all hospitals, not only here in Massachusetts but in all hospitals.
— Kimberly, New Hampshire
My beloved aunt, Emily, was a healthy and vibrant 67 year-old when she lost her life to sepsis. We joined the Council shortly after her death and have since organized the annual Stepping Out Sepsis 5K in her home town of Dracut, MA, educating the community and raising finds to fight sepsis nationally. We have been actively involved in campaigning for Massachusetts to implement mandatory sepsis protocols. We met with the MA Health Commissioner as well Governor Baker’s senior and will continue to fight until our state adopts these lifesaving protocols.
— Rebecca, Massachusetts
My mother, Emily, died from sepsis on May 8, 2015. My family was determined that no other families would need to endure a preventable death from sepsis, so we joined the Council to help educate the public. We have successfully raised funds and awareness to fight sepsis through our annual Stepping Out Sepsis 5K held in our home town of Dracut to honor Emily. We are also working towards the adoption of sepsis protocols in Massachusetts by meeting with the Health Commissioner, the Governor’s Senior Staff and to improve national sepsis policy through meetings with leader of CMS in Baltimore.
— Diana, Massachusetts
My name is Nicole Taylor and I’m lucky to say that I’m a Septic Shock survivor from New Jersey! I joined the Council because I will never stop spreading sepsis awareness because I don’t want any family to go through what I did .
— Nicole, New Jersey
My beautiful, vibrant, healthy mother died suddenly and tragically from Sepsis on May 8th 2015. our family was devastated. We had never even heard of this killer called sepsis before. We knew we had to do something to help other families from experiencing the agony of losing someone to sepsis. We joined the National Family Council and launched “S.O.S. Stepping Out Sepsis 5K Road Race” in her honor to raise public awareness. We have also met with the Massachusetts Public Health Commissioner, the Governor’s senior staff, as well as the Center for Medicaid and Medicare at the National Health and Human Services Department, to work towards mandatory sepsis protocols in Massachusetts.
— Tina, Massachusetts