At 14 years old, Carl Buher was a typical high school freshman with a life centered on friends, sports, and homework. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound teenager was a year-round athlete with a special passion for basketball, which he hoped would land him a college scholarship. That all changed in the fall of 2003, when Carl came home from school feeling kind of punk – chills, fever, body aches. The next day, when a strange, purple rash spread across his arms and legs, his parents rushed him to the emergency department. Doctors diagnosed Carl with meningococcal disease, serogroup B, a deadly infection that rapidly ravaged his body.

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