Roche Diagnostics and Rory Staunton Foundation partnership announced at the fourth National Forum on Sepsis

Washington DC, September 13, 2017

Fly to Fight Sepsis” Takes Off on World Sepsis Day

Roche Diagnostics and the Rory Staunton Foundation today announced the launch of Fly to Fight Sepsis, a national education and awareness campaign, during the fourth annual “National Forum on Sepsis” sponsored by the Rory Staunton Foundation and hosted this year by the American Federation of Teachers.

“We are proud to partner with the Rory Staunton Foundation on this important mission,“ said Dr. Alan Wright, chief medical officer of Roche Diagnostics Corporation. “Given the prevalence of sepsis in the US – more than 1.6 million annual hospitalizations - we are committed to advancing understanding of sepsis and encourage more urgency around awareness, assessment and prevention.”

In 2016, Roche Diagnostics introduced Elecsys BRAHMS procalcitonin (PCT) assay as a dedicated testing solution to assess the severity of a bacterial infection and improve the management of people with sepsis. With this clearance, Roche was the first in vitro diagnostics company to provide a fully integrated solution for sepsis risk assessment and management.

Fly to Fight Sepsis was inspired by aviation enthusiast, Rory Staunton, who died from sepsis at the age of 12 after an infection he developed from scraping his arm in gym class was misdiagnosed. The campaign will provide information and resources about sepsis, and also include an easy and engaging call-to –action that can be shared on social media.

“We are delighted to collaborate with Roche Diagnostics on this very special campaign that honors our son Rory's love for flying,” said Ciaran Staunton, founder of Rory Stanton Foundation and Rory's father. “Public understanding and elevated awareness among clinicians and hospitals will help our mission to spare families the pain and heartbreak we endured.”

Speakers at the Fourth National Forum on Sepsis will also include Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers, Congressman Richard Neal (D-MA), and Denise Cardo, Director, Division of Healthcare & Quality Promotion (DHQP), Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). In addition to Fly to Fight Sepsis, a new sepsis education program will be introduced into New York State curriculum for students K - 12.

State legislators will also be encouraged to follow New York State’s lead on adopting Rory’s Regulations, which require hospitals to establish an evidence-based sepsis protocol to ensure the proactive and standardized approach to patients suspected of sepsis. The impact of Rory’s Regulations has been rapid and significant in New York.

About Sepsis
  • Sepsis affects 30 million people yearly
  • Someone is diagnosed with sepsis every 20 seconds in the U.S. and the incidence of cases is rising 8% every year
  • In the U.S., more than 250,000 people die from sepsis every year
  • As many as 80% of sepsis deaths could be prevented with rapid diagnosis and treatment
About Roche

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About the Rory Staunton Foundation

September is Sepsis awareness month and The Rory Staunton Foundation has released a short animated video Sepsis: What You Need to Know to Save a Life. In less than two minutes, the video gives viewers all the information they need about sepsis and its signs. They have also published a read- along book for young children, co-authored by Orlaith & Kathleen Staunton. Ouch! I Got a Cut! is available now on Amazon and emphasizes a 'back to basics' approach to wound care: When you get a Cut - Clean and Cover! The simple, three pronged approach prevents infection and saves lives. Learn more at:

For more information, please contact

Amanda Biedess
Senior Director, Marketing and Corporate Communications
Roche Diagnostics Corporation
Indianapolis, IN
(317) 445-8716