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Local Student Raises Sepsis Awareness

Union Township (Hunterdon County) -- Local Girl Scout Cadette and eighth-grader Caroline Robitaille of Union Township Troop 81127, spent her spring and summer preparing for World Sepsis Day on September 13th by raising Sepsis awareness in Union Township.  More than 1.5 million people in the United States develop Sepsis a year and at least 250,000 people die each year from Sepsis. Caroline was originally inspired after reading an article about the Rory Staunton Foundation and their efforts to raise public awareness of Sepsis. This led to Caroline partnering with the Staunton Family to raise Sepsis awareness in her community.  In the spring, she presented her proposal to the Union Township PTA and School Board to secure funding to purchase copies of the children’s book, “Ouch! I Got A Cut!” written by Orlaith and Kathleen Staunton, for the Union Township Elementary School. The book emphasizes the three “C’s” of wound care: When you get a cut: clean and cover! Over the summer, Caroline prepared for Back to School Night at the Elementary School by making posters and educating parents about the signs and symptoms of Sepsis.  Caroline then planned and organized a PINK OUT DAY at the Elementary School on September 13th, World Sepsis Day, where students and faculty were encouraged to wear PINK in support of Sepsis Awareness. Caroline read the book to each of the 3rd and 4th grade classes taught the students about proper wound care and presented each teacher, school librarian, and nurse a copy of the book. Thanks to Caroline’s efforts, September 13th will be designated as PINK OUT DAY each year at Union Township Elementary School where the book will be read as a reminder of Sepsis Awareness.