Memorial For LAH Teen Set For Saturday

Services for Emily Benatar who died of spinal meningitis last week, will be 7 p.m. at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos HIlls.


Emily Benatar, a 19-year-old Palo Alto High School graduate who last week will be rememberd at memorial service Saturday in at .

Meningococcal disease is best known for causing meningitis, which is the inflammation of protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord and has a high mortality rate if it goes untreated. Benatar was diagnosed in late April.

Benatar, who was in her first year at Washington University in St. Louis, died last Wednesday at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis with her family by her side, university Chancellor Mark Wrighton said.

Benatar was one of the captains of the lacrosse team in her senior year at Palo Alto High School, helping guide the team to a 16-8 overall record and a second place finish in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League.

The memorial will be held at 7 p.m. at Congregation Beth Am, located at 26790 Arastradero Rd. in Los Altos Hills, Wrighton said.

—Bay City News

L.A. Chung May 17, 2012 at 05:11 PM
We've set this article to allow easy additions of photos from the public. If you have photos from the lacrosse season, or tributes to Ms. Benatar, feel free to share them here.
Kimberly McClintock May 20, 2012 at 07:53 PM
I am sorry for this family's loss. There is nothing worse than the loss of a child. There are two vaccines that help prevent four out of five strains of this disease most commonly found in the U.S.; Menactra and Menveo. Please get your children and loved ones vaccinated as this disease has no age barriers. I only wish these vaccines were available when my six year old son contracted it in 2002. My prayers are with this family. For more information about this go to www.nmaus.org National Meningitis Association Shane's Mom
L.A. Chung May 21, 2012 at 08:46 AM
Dear Shane's Mom. Thank you for pointing out information about the vaccines, and the reminder that the disease does not have age barriers.


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