May 10, 2014
It has been eight years since UVa. fourth year student, Jennifer Leigh Wells lost her life to meningitis, but her memory lives on each year with the annual Moonlight Walk.
The 2-mile walk took place under the lights at the Monticello High School track.
Family members say the event is a celebration of Jennifer's life and an educational opportunity to promote meningitis awareness and prevention.
'100% of the proceeds go toward meningitis research in hope that one day there will be a vaccine for the strain b meningitis, which is what Jennifer died of, " said Cindy Payne, mother of Jennifer.
Over $9,000 was raised, going directly to a scientist at Children's Hospital Oakland, in California, who is working to find a vaccine for strain b.