CCIC Hosts Paralympic Medalist and Meningitis Survivor Amy Purdy at Annual S.O.U.P! Fundraiser

Date: Thursday, October 1, 2015

Oct 01 2015

For Immediate Release

Aurora, Colo. -- The Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition (CCIC) hosted its8th annual S.O.U.P! (Shots Offer Unrivaled Protection) event featuring special guest Amy Purdy Sept. 24 in Littleton, Colo. CCIC holds the soup-tasting event to thank its partners and supporters, recognize local immunization champions, and raise funds and awareness for children’s immunization.

Amy Purdy, a meningitis survivor, world-class snowboarder, 2014 Paralympic Medalist, Dancing with the Stars finalist, TED speaker, model/actress, clothing designer, co-founder of Adaptive Action Sports, and New York Times bestselling author of On My Own Two Feet, attended the event as the guest of honoralong with her parents, Stef and Sheri Purdy.

At the age of 19, Purdy was diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis and given a two percent chance of survival. The illness resulted in numerous critical care procedures, including the amputation of her legs below the knee. S.O.U.P! guests heard Purdy’s story of survival during the event program.

The 2015 S.O.U.P! event raised nearly $40,000 to support CCIC programs and brought together more than 200 Colorado healthcare providers, educators, legislators and public health experts to further CCIC’s mission to advance children’s health through immunizations.

The event also honored local immunization champions, including the 2015 Big Shots of the Year, Sen. Irene Aguilar, MD, and Rep. Dan Pabon, and the 2015 Sure Shots, Jo Lynn Idler, immunization coordinator, Prowers County Public Health and Environment, and Julie McRae, M.Ed., Ed.S, licensed administrator, District Health Services/504 Coordinator, Adams 12 Five Star Schools.

The statewide nonprofit organization, which will enter its 25th year of operation in January, works to increase childhood immunization through community outreach and awareness, public policy, health care provider education, and coalition building.

About the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition:
The Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition (CCIC) is a statewide, independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Its mission is to strategically mobilize diverse partners and families to advance children’s health through immunizations. CCIC does not accept funding from vaccine manufacturers or distributors. To learn more, visit www.childrensimmunization.org and connect with CCIC on Facebook and Twitter.

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Media contact: Meredith Kersten, communications director
Office: 720.777.1798 Mobile: 608.295.3475
meredith.kersten@childrenscolorado.org