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Rotary helping eradicate dread childhood disease

November 1, 2011

Putnam Rotary has joined with 34,000 other Rotary Clubs around the world to wipe out the last vestiges of infantile paralysis, the dreaded plague of poliomyelitis.

Since a polio vaccine became available in the mid-1950s, the scourge of polio has been erased in most of the world.

In 1985, Rotary International began its PolioPlus program to immunize all children against polio. PolioPlus has contributed $600 million toward the protection of more than two billion children in 122 countries.

With its End Polio Now campaign, Rotary is raising $200 million to match $355 million in challenge grants received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The resulting $555 million will directly support immunization campaigns in developing countries, where polio continues to infect and paralyze children.

The Putnam club hosted its second pancake breakfast at Applebee's in Teays Valley last Saturday, to raise funds to END POLIO NOW.

President Bob Keely today thanked the many members of the local club who turned out to bus tables and serve sausage and pancakes: In addition to the Applebee's staff, these included Dianna Casto, Glen and Cindy Gibbs, Mike Herron, Bob and Mary Keely, Tina McComas, Chuck Nuckles, Steve and Donna Patrick, Marilyn Pemberton and granddaughter Elizabeth Nolen, Melissa Pratt, Bonnie Prisk, Elaine Rader, Cheryl and Bill Rust, Sam Sentelle, and David Williams.

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