Mid-Michigan Rotary Clubs gather to promote eradicating polio

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Five Mid-Michigan Rotary Clubs gathered at the Sun Theater in Williamston, Mich. on Sunday, Oct. 22 for the Mid-Michigan Rotary Polio Eradication event. It is the goal of Rotary Clubs across the world to eradicate polio, a crippling disease of which 10 cases have been reported this year – reduced from 345,000 cases in 1988.

The event at Sun Theatre was highlighted by a special video message from world-renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman, who was stricken with polio as a child. A discussion with polio survivors followed the movie, “The Five Pennies”, about a real-life bandleader played by Danny Kaye, whose daughter contracted polio before Jonas Salk invented the polio vaccine.

The event was sponsored by the following Rotary Clubs: Delta-Waverly, East Lansing, Haslett-Okemos, Lansing and Williamston Sunrise.


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