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From Polio Survivor to PolioPlus Advocate Presentation

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Nancy Wright Beasley was diagnosed with paralytic polio at age 6 in 1951, before the Salk vaccine was developed. After she endured months of isolation at Roanoke Crippled Children's Hospital, the doctors said she would never walk. Be inspired as Nancy explains both how she learned to walk again and how she used her talents as an author and member of the Rotary Club of Brandermill (Midlothian), Virginia, USA, to raise thousands of dollars for PolioPlus. She will debut a video trailer for Saving Sara, her first play, during the breakout session. Information will be provided as to how Rotary clubs can access the play as a means to raise funds for PolioPlus.

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From Polio Survivor to PolioPlus Advocate Presentation

  1. 1. From Polio Survivor to PolioPlus Advocate Nancy Wright Beasley Brandermill Rotary Club Midlothian, VA (USA) June 27, 2018 Rotary International 2018 Conference - Toronto, Canada
  2. 2. Polio Facts Over millennia, polio survived quietly as an endemic pathogen *1900s major epidemics - Europe - United States *1910 epidemics - the developed world - primarily in cities during the summer months
  3. 3. 3 TYPES OF POLIO  CARRIER IS UNAWARE  NON PARALYTIC – FLU LIKE SYMPTOMS  PARALYTIC
  4. 4. The Wright Children circa 1947
  5. 5. Roanoke Crippled Children’s Hospital 58,000 CASES - 1952 LARGEST EPIDEMIC IN THE U.S.
  6. 6. Letter written from Roanoke Crippled Children’s Hospital
  7. 7. Beulah Mae and Posie Wright “Nothing Beats A Failure But A Try”
  8. 8. DR. JONAS SALK VACCINE USED FIRST IN 1955 SALK VACCINE – 1952 – Dr. Jonas Salk SABIN VACCINE – Dr. ….Sabin
  9. 9. DR. ALBERT SABIN ORAL VACCINE – RUSSIA U. S. - 1960
  10. 10. BRANDERMILL ROTARY CLUB 2004 – LEARNED OF POLIOPLUS
  11. 11. Thesis for MFA in Children’s Literature Hollins University - 2011
  12. 12. SWIFT CREEK MILL’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON JANUARY 30 – MARCH 5, 2016
  13. 13. International Coverage for PolioPlus
  14. 14. “Fill the Mill for PolioPlus” raised over $4,500 February 20, 2016
  15. 15. Chosen for annihilation during the Holocaust Some of Hitler’s first victims were handicapped individuals, like those who walked w/braces from contracting polio.
  16. 16. MILL MOUNTAIN THEATRE ROANOKE, VA
  17. 17. Patrick Kennerly
  18. 18. ROANOKE CRIPPLED CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL Nurse Kathryn Cele Bell Kennerly
  19. 19. Steven Beer, former Governor of Rotary District 7600 – India - 2016
  20. 20. Rotarians at work in India
  21. 21. Sara Belle and Neil November
  22. 22. Sara Gillman
  23. 23. ROTARY INTERNATIONAL GOALS SERVICE ABOVE SELF PEACE INITIATIVE CONFLICT MANAGEMENT POLIOPLUS INITIATIVE
  24. 24. LOOK HOW FAR WE HAVE COME At its peak in the 1940s and 1950s, polio would paralyze or kill over half a million people worldwide every year.
  25. 25. Paul Alexander - Polio at 6– 66 Years in an Iron Lung Photo – Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News

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