Lives Lost Too Soon
This section of our page will unfortunately continue to grow until proper protocols and treatments are in place for Balamuthia Mandrillaris.  There is still so much that isn't known about this evil.  Encephalitis is an anomoly all on it's own to doctors.  There have been several studies done on encephalitis alone.  One in particular was conducted in 2008 by the California Encephalitis Project.  Out of thousands of cases and samples submitted, there were some 62% of encephalitis cases that they could't find a cause for.  That's a huge percentage of unknown reasons.  These things aren't as rare as they are made out to be.  They are misdiagnosed, under diagnosed and not diagnosed at all.  That's what we are striving to change.  More awarness for people as well as for doctors.  Also, to change protocol, advance research, and strive to get this on the national notifiable list.  This page of the site is still being edited as I get permission from others to post their pictures and stories.  There are many more that aren't posted yet but check back.  

Amoeba Memorial

Leland Tyler Shoemake
6yrs old
Leland was a sweet boy.  Energetic and very smart.  He loved everyone.  He loved playing with Legos and playing minecraft.  His favorite movie was JAWS.  He loved sharks, volcanoes, natural disasters, diesel trains (specifically CSX), WWII, Adam Sandler, history and science.  He was an avid reader.  He was reading chapter books in kindergarten.  He loved to learn.  It just came so easy to him.  Everyone who met him said he was an old soul that was well beyond his years.  He was always smiling.  That smile was contagious and could light up a city.  He loved his family and his little brother Logan. He was such a forgiving soul and was always wanting to help others.  He was a healthy child who loved playing outside.  He contracted Balamuthia from playing in the dirt at the ball field or from West Point Lake.  Even though he never let his head go under the water, this is still a possible location from which he contracted it.  He fought so hard and was in the hospital for 15 days before passing from the amoeba.  This page and foundation are dedicated to him.
Christian Koral Reef Meister Pier
20yrs old
Koral Reef was a beautiful girl with a bubbly personality.  She loved to cook and loved her family.  She was a newlywed woman at the age of 20.  She had a great sense of humor and a contagious laugh.  She was a giving person.  She donated her hair to Locks of Love and even started at a young age buying presents for children in need.  She started working at the age of 13 in the family restaurant business.  She was a hard worker, dedicated wife, wonderful daughter and granddaughter, and just beautiful inside and out.  Koral contracted balamuthia from Lake Havasu in AZ.  Koral suffered with mild symptoms at first but they slowly escalated over a years time until she lost her battle in October.  Her facebook page can be found at
Joe Murray
32yrs old
Joe was a loving father and son.  He has one daughter who was 5yrs old at the time of his death.  He loved being outdoors, camping, four wheelers, bon fires, he was always outside.  He owned a tree cutting business.  People who knew him would say he was one of the strongest men they had ever met.  He was a very personable guy.  He loved everyone and would give you the shirt off of his back if you needed it.  He was involved in a train crash on 11/20/13, came out of hospital 3/11/14, spending all summer with outpatient therapy for brain trauma and physical therapy. He had to learn how to walk, eat, tie shoes, literally everything from scratch, by August got his driving license back, when he had to go back into the hospital on 10/08/14.  That's when he went downhill and it was found that he had Balamuthia.  He survived being hit by a train and something so microscopically small took him from this world and from his daughter.