- Teams up with B.C. medical expert to raise awareness about
meningococcal meningitis, while informing soccer players they can get
more than a red card when sharing water bottles -
VANCOUVER, Aug. 8 /CNW/ -
What: During Beach Soccer Blast, an annual fun-filled event held at
Spanish Banks Beach, Pro soccer player and Vancouver native Pat
Onstad will be onsite to meet with soccer enthusiasts, while
raising awareness about meningococcal meningitis prevention and
protection. Joined by Dr. William Abelson, the pair will engage
children and parents alike, handing out water bottles and
offering advice to ensure Canadians remain safe and healthy while
participating in sports!
INTERVIEWS, PHOTO and BROADCAST opportunities with Pat Onstad and
Dr. Abelson available onsite.
Who: Pat Onstad, Goal Keeper for the Houston Dynamo of the MLS
Dr. William Abelson, Pediatrician & President, British Columbia
Colin Campbell, B.C. parent advocate
When: Saturday, August 9, 2008
12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: Beach Soccer Blast
Spanish Banks Beach East
Off of 4th Avenue North on Tolmie St.
(*)Tent located at the foot of the hill
Meningococcal Disease Quick Facts:
- Meningococcal meningitis is a serious bacterial infection that can be
spread from one person to another through close contact involving
secretions from the nose or throat, such as sharing water bottles and
- Meningococcal disease, such as meningococcal meningitis, strikes
approximately 200 Canadians each year, mostly children and teens.
- Meningococcal meningitis often begins with symptoms that can be
mistaken for common viral illnesses, such as the flu. But unlike more
common infections, meningococcal meningitis can progress very rapidly
and cause death in 24 to 48 hours.
- Four of the five bacterial strains that cause meningococcal meningitis
(A, C, Y and W-135) are vaccine-preventable. The British Columbia
Pediatric Society (BCPS) recommends physicians consider the use of an
available vaccine that provides broad protection against all four of
the preventable strains.
For further information:
For further information: Ann Gibbon, T: (604) 263-0634, C: (778)
999-0064, firstname.lastname@example.org; Jennifer Runza, MS&L, C: (416)