For Parents, College Meningitis Deaths Still Evoke Pain

Fleishman had struggled with epilepsy, and during his senior year, he had openly discussed his condition with classmates at a fundraiser for the cause, according to college dean Matt Longman.

"His peers looked up to him as role model. He had one of the inspiring and optimistic outlooks," said Longman, "but his focus had always been on epilepsy. He was an amazing, persevering soul, and to be consumed by another illness, it really hit hard."

Fleishman is remembered on campus with an award given to a student who demonstrates, among other things, "college pride, academic passion and care of others," said Longman.

Evan Bozof, who wanted to be a doctor, has found his legacy in his younger brother Ryan, who has just completed his medical residency. "He's doing it for both of them," said his mother.

For her, nine years after the death of Evan, the pain never seems to go away, even though she tries to "channel the pain in a positive way."

"It sounds like such a long time, but when there's that hole in your heart, it's just like yesterday," she said. "In my mind I still have a 20-year-old who I want to talk to and I can't. The grief doesn't go away."

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