Pizen Switch Times Editor Leah Moore Wilkinson writes: “My mother Estelle Moore caught polio in 1948 when she was 14 years old. She had entered a jingle contest and won a trip to the World Series: her team the Cleveland Indians versus the Boston Braves. It was likely that Estelle caught the virus during her travels back and forth with her father to see the world series play out.”
“Mom spent months in residential treatment at Kabbat Kaiser in the Los Angeles, California area trying to survive, then learning to walk again. She made many friends with children who had to live in ‘iron lungs’ to survive the ravages of polio, and others who were wheel-chair bound or learning to live with the permanent muscle-withering, weakness, and/or paralysis.”
Yerington Rotarians want to you to know that polio still exists, but with awareness it can be eradicated. World Polio Day ~October 24th, 2021~ is a day to remember, raise awareness and raise support to END this vaccine-preventable disease that STILL threatens children in parts of this world.