Amoeba Awareness Beach walk at St. Pete Beach - Tampa Dispatch

Amoeba Awareness Beach walk at St. Pete Beach

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The Fourth Annual Jordan Smelski Foundation for Amoeba Awareness Beach Walk is scheduled for Saturday, November 2 at St. Pete Beach.

The beach walk benefits the Jordan Smelski Foundation for Amoeba Awareness (research and community education) & the USF Foundation Philip T. Gompf Memorial Fund (I-4 billboards).

Sponsorships are available (see flyer below for details).

The Jordan Smelski Foundation will be helping Drs. Sandra and Timothy Gompf, who established amoebaseason.com in memory of their son, Philip.

They will be raising funds for Amoeba Awareness messaging on two billboards between Tampa and Lakeland, warning that “Summer is Amoeba Season” for the summer months starting in 2020.

The Jordan Smelski Foundation for Amoeba Awareness was established in loving memory of Jordan Cole Smelski who passed away from Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM) on July 2, 2014.  

The foundation’s primary goal is to increase awareness to the public about the risks associated with amoebas in fresh warm waters and to inform the public of best practices for the prevention of PAM. 

The USF Foundation Philip T. Gompf Memorial Fund was established to honor 10-year-old Philip  Gompf who passed away from PAM on August 19, 2009.

The fund supports educational efforts in Infectious Diseases throughout the Florida community, educational institutions, and online. It supports scholarships for medical students with outstanding achievements in the field of Infectious Diseases.

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