Jordan Smelski Foundation for Amoeba Awareness

Creating awareness of Naegleria fowleri and Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM).

Jordan Cole Smelski

Jordan died from Primary Amoebic Meningoencephalitis on July 2, 2014 at the age of 11. Jordan was a fun loving child with a passion for soccer, horseback riding, zip lining, art and video games. While on vacation, Jordan contracted the amoeba Naegleria fowleri, while swimming in hot springs.

Golf Tournament

Rosen Shingle Creek Golf Club

Join us for the Jordan Smelski Foundation
Annual Golf Tournament
– Saturday, May 13, 2023 –






Jordan’s 10th Sporting Goods Store



Annual Golf Tournament

Shingle Creek Golf Club
Orlando, FL

May 13, 2023

Jordan’s 9th Sporting Goods Store

Journey Christian Church
Apopka, FL

Dec. 10 & 11, 2022

Annual Golf Tournament

Orlando, FL

May 21, 2022

Jordan’s 8th Sporting Goods Store

Altamonte Springs, FL

Dec. 11 & 12, 2021

Annual Golf Tournament

Orlando, FL

May 15, 2021

Jordan’s 7th Sporting Goods Store

Altamonte Springs, FL

Dec. 12 & 13, 2020

ACEP Scientific Assembly 2019

Denver, CO

Oct. 26, 2019

18th International Meeting on Free-living Amoeba

Costa Rica

Nov. 20-22, 2019

4th Annual Beach Walk

St. Petersburg, FL

Nov. 2, 2019

Florida Suncoast Pediatric Conference
(Spoke to over 200 doctors at the conference)

Sarasota, FL

June 21-22, 2019

4th Annual Amoeba Summit

Orlando, FL

Sept. 13, 2019

3 Amoebas Meeting

Lake Nona, FL

Sept. 14, 2019

Jordan’s Sporting Goods Store

Jordan’s Sporting Goods Store was a success!

More than 1,005 children received sports items!

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2020 At a Glance

2020 Annual Summary, Jordan Smelski Foundation for Amoeba Awareness

2020 At a Glance

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2019 Amoeba Summit

We want to thank all of those that attended, participated in and presented at the Amoeba Summit 2019. We had over 30 Drs. Present, provide interviews and record answers to difficult questions during the 2 day Summit. For the first time, we had researchers from 10 universities meet for a scientific discussion around methods of identification and possible treatments for the 3 free living amoebas.

The Jordan Smelski Foundation began discussing the idea of a rapid point of care test with Drs. Jennifer Cope and Ibne Ali from the CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in October of 2017. Over the next 3 months, several discussions helped resolve questions on project time frames, type of test, field testing phase, licensing/ownership, time to market and final roll-out objectives. In January of 2018, the Jordan Smelski Foundation agreed to help fund the research project and provided funding for over 53% of the project costs. Another family foundation agreed to provide the remaining funds for the project.

At Amoeba Summit 2019, on Friday Sept. 13th, Rania Georgacopoulos, MSPH (CDC/DDID/NCEZID/DFWED) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, presented on the results of the research for a rapid detection test for PAM. The presentation, called “LAMP for detection of Naegleria fowleri at point of care” shared at the Summit was an early version. Here is the final version of the presentation for the point of care test.”

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Amoeba Summit Early Detection Test Presentation

LAMP for detection of Naegleria fowleriat at point of care




Jordan’s Chips


To create global awareness about the risks associated with amoebas in fresh warm water and educate families and medical communities about the risks from Naegleria fowleri and Primary Amoebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM).


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Our Mission

Create global awareness about
the risks associated with amoebas
in fresh warm water.


Meet Jordan

Jordan passed away on July 2, 2014 from Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM).



Learn about the research
funded by the
Jordan Smelski Foundation.


Amoeba Facts

Get the facts about PAM and the
Naegleria fowleri amoeba.



Watch and share video Q&A’s
from the Experts.


Training Video

Watch the Lab Tech Training video:
Lab Detection of Naegleria fowleri.


2017 Amoeba Summit Videos
The Scheme – Jordan’s Smile

Ten months after Jordan died in 2015, The Scheme, a band out of London, completed a song called Jordan’s Smile on…

On the Story’s Lynn Smith interviews Shelly and Steve Smelski
On the Story’s Lynn Smith interviews Shelly and Steve Smelski

On The Story’s Lynn Smith interviews Shelly and Steve Smelski for the HLN documentary “Something’s Killing Me – Tiny Monsters,”…

MichaeLA’s Michaela Pereira interviews Shelly and Steve Smelski
MichaeLA’s Michaela Pereira interviews Shelly and Steve Smelski

MichaeLA’s own Michaela Pereira, interviews Sebastian Deleon, Shelly and Steve about the documentary Something’s Killing Me and Sebastian’s recovery from…

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