A 23-year-old man died from a "silent killer" infection just a week after he began feeling unwell on holiday in Spain.
Luke Brown's family said he had been fit and healthy all his life.
But in September, the plasterer was rushed to hospital after his parents found him having seizures in bed.
He was placed in a coma but a week later, Luke died in Arrowe Park Hospital in Wirral, Mereyside.
The young man had fallen victim to a sudden but deadly strain of meningitis, which can kill within four hours, reports the Liverpool ECHO.
His parents have spoken about the toll of the "horrendous" illness, in hopes others young people like Luke will recognise meningitis symptoms early and seek life-saving help.
Luke had been home from a week from a holiday in Benidorm when he suddenly took ill.
The night before he was rushed to hospital, he complained of having a headache.
He didn't come down for his tea and asked for a bath to be run for him.
From his bed, he sent his devoted dad Del his final ever text.
It read: "Can you bring me up a can of Tango when you're sorted?"
His devoted parents kept a vigil by his bedside in hospital over the next week, but they believed he effectively died at home, before a week later, they were forced to turn off his life-support machine as he had no sign of brain activity.
Viv and Del, both 52, his mum and dad, had been shocked to learn about the number of teenagers or people in their 20s who have died from the dangerous illness.
They are hoping to set up the Luke Brown Foundation, and are raising money to secure it charitable status and get it government-registered.
Ultimately, the family want to buy a lodge so families with loved ones affected by meningitis can use to get a well-earned break.
On April 11, next year, a black tie ball at the Village Hotel, in Bromborough, will raise cash for their campaign.
One of Luke's friends, Joshua Griffiths, who is serving in the Army, has vowed to run five marathons in five days to gather together funds for his friend.
Currently, it costs £125 to get the meningitis vaccine, but it is not compulsory.
The illness can lead to people losing their sight, and sometimes their limbs, after sepsis sets in.
Up to 800 people packed out the church for his funeral, and six cars formed part of the cortege.
The horse-drawn carriage, which carried his coffin to the service, was also taken through Prenton Park, the home of his beloved Tranmere Rovers.
Mum Viv said: "We don't want Luke to be forgotten, we want to make people aware about meningitis.
"Our son was bubbly, and handsome, and everybody loved him.
"We want the government to take meningitis more seriously.
"Luke was healthy and fit and had so much to live for.
"He was our baby."
Jamie Morris, one of his best friends, said: "Luke, as a mate, was always the first out in the morning.
"He was excited to be with the lads, his dad, Dell, was his best mate – they were two peas in a pod.
"They did everything together, sharing rooms when they went away."
Luke was a fanatical Tranmere Rovers fan.
His pals who go to watch Tranmere, have taken a banner to recent away matches, including against Coventry and MK Dons, in memory of Luke, which reads: "Never above you, never below you, always by your side."
Luke's proud parents have shared that his organs were able to be donated, saving the life of a man in his 30s, who needed a new liver.
A woman in her 30s who got a kidney after being on the waiting list for three years and a man, in his 60s, who received the same vital organ.
His dad Del, who worked as a plasterer with his son, added: "If our campaign helps just one person to recognise the symptoms, and they get to the hospital in time to take antibiotics, then it's worth it.
"The rate of survival for those with meningitis is horrendous.
"This information should be in every university, not enough information is out there.
"Maybe it takes a few sad stories so people wake up.
"It's the hardest thing in the world to lose a child.
"He was our only son, and we had him for nearly 24 years."
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