I was deeply saddened to hear that Ballinderry Gaelic footballer Aaron Devlin, 23, has died of meningitis after a brave battle.
On behalf of Meningitis Now, which represents thousands of families affected by the devastation caused by meningitis and associated diseases, I pass on our heartfelt sympathies to his family and friends.
Meningitis and septicaemia are often difficult to diagnose and can kill in hours.
I lost my baby son Spencer to the disease some time ago and can well imagine the pain that all those who knew Aaron are suffering. We are fighting back against all forms of meningitis-related disease.
Because it can strike quickly and be difficult to detect, we fund pioneering preventative research to wipe out meningitis, as well as provide support and care to those affected.
For a free symptoms pack or further information, call our freephone helpline on 0808 80 10 388 or visit www.MeningitisNow.org.
Steve Dayman, Founder, Meningitis Now