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Wednesday, August 6, 2008


One of my family members created a flyer promoting Justin's website and Lemierre"s awareness. I emailed it to everyone in my address book and put this message in the body of the email.
"Hi there! One of my family members created this flyer to pass around to everyone we know. Please open it up, print it and pass it around to everyone you know. Also forward this email onto everyone in your address book. I promise we can save lives! I have had 25 cases of lemierres emailed to me in the last 3 months and I now know of 4 teenagers that did not survive. All of the ones who have survived have some sort of breathing problem now or other major problems. This disease attacks young healthy adolescence ages 13 - 24. It literally attacks their organs and shuts them down. I had a Dr call me the other day about a case and I really feel like the knowledge Justin's website is provided him has saved his patients life! Please pass this on this is not a chain letter this is not a joke. I will be printing this flyer out and putting it in my children's school and placing it everywhere I can Dr's offices, teacher's lounges, dentist offices everywhere! We will soon be doing News interviews and who knows we may end up on Oprah! ;0)
All I'm asking is you click on forward and add everyone in your address book then click on send! It will maybe take a total of 5 min.. If you don't wanna do it for the lives you could save do it for my little brother who's life was cut way too short at the age of 17! This disease took him away from my mom, dad, my sister, my brother myself and my 3 kids.

Thank you!


If you would like me to send you this flyer please send an email to:

We had 87 hits on this website yesterday and I believe it was due to the emails we all sent and forwarded on. THANK YOU!


Anonymous said...

Just so you know, a friend of mine in North Carolina has just been diagnosed with this. She's been terribly sick for 2 weeks and had surgery to drain a mass in her lungs yesterday.

Her name is Michelle Jackson.

Please keep her in your prayers!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous...please let me or Tammy know where at NC, I have been friends with the Rodgers' family since I was 5 years old and I now live in the Charlotte area, I would like for you to share this with me so I can make sure to contact the right people...I am working on spreading the word here and would greatly appreciate the info

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Justin's news article in the West Magazine

This was taken from

Rockwood student dies rapidly from little-known disease
By Diane Plattner

In April, Eureka High School student Justin Rodgers began to complain of a severe sore throat and was dead approximately one month later from an unfamiliar disease. Now, his mother hopes to spread awareness about the deadly disease.
Justin died in the early morning hours of May 12, the day after Mother’s Day, after losing a battle with Lemierre’s Syndrome, a serious bacteria that is not well-known and even doctors are prone to misdiagnose the disease. Unfortunately, Rodgers’ doctor was among that group after initially diagnosing him with strep throat on April 11, said Sheryl Rodgers, Justin’s mother.
“Justin had said, ‘Mom, this is the worst sore throat I’ve ever had in my life,’” Rodgers said.
She said that Justin’s doctor took no throat culture and gave her son medicine for strep throat. She said her son’s condition worsened over the next few days during which he had increased high fever, chest pain and a lump in his neck. On April 14, Rodgers took her son to St. Anthony’s Hospital, which transported him overnight to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital where he underwent extensive testing, including X-rays and blood work, Rodgers said.
Rodgers said that hospital officials diagnosed him with Lemierre’s Syndrome, a bacteria that can surface after mouth trauma. Last July, Justin was in a car accident that resulted in mouth injuries that required him to get major dental work, including a recent new tooth. In addition, Justin had suffered a broken nose just before the onset of his sore throat, his mother said.
“I wonder if all this woke up the bacteria, which was already living in the body,” Rodgers said.
The last time Rodgers saw him fully awake was a few days later, when hospital officials decided to place her son on a respirator and sedate him with drugs.
“He was out of it but still with us then,” Rodgers said. “He would frown when the doctors worked on him. So he had some responses.”
However, Justin’s lungs kept collapsing, prompting hospital doctors by April 25 to place him on an ECMO machine to help rest his lungs and heart. Doctors at that point also put him into an induced coma, Rodgers said.
“At that point there was no response from Justin,” Rodgers said. “Still, I talked to him and rubbed his sore spots to let him know we were there.”
By Mother’s Day, Justin was leaking too much blood, prompting doctors to decide to remove him from the ECMO, a move they said was risky if his lungs were not healed enough.
“Once they took him off the ECMO, Justin’s face was getting gray,” Rodgers said. “He was holding his own for a few hours, but then he starting going downhill.”
Justin died early the next morning following Mother’s Day with his immediate family, including three older siblings, by his side, Rodgers said.
“He was our baby,” Rodgers said. “I think the hospital tried to keep him going so he did not die on Mother’s Day.”
The tragedy is not the first for the Rodgers family. They also lost a 4-year-old child in a horseback riding accident and had a stillborn child many years ago, Rodgers said.
“I thought God could not possibly do this to us again,” Rodgers said. “I asked why again, why us. But there is no answer. Here we are walking on egg shells again.”
Rodgers said she was at least thankful that Justin’s funeral was so big that people were standing outside, a huge tribute to his life. She also hopes to honor his life with a campaign to help spread awareness about Lemierre’s Syndrome, which she said often hits people between the ages of 14 and 25. It is not spread by kissing but instead lives in the body, she said. Her goal is to make people, including doctors, more aware of its symptoms so they are not mistaken for strep throat.
“I do not want Justin to have died in vain,” Rodgers said. “This is one bad bacteria. It is very serious. People should not treat it lightly.”
To learn more about Lemierre’s Syndrome, visit the Rodgers’ family Web site at