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Cape Gazette CAPE LIFE FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7- MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2014 6S Rotarians claw their way to polio eradication I Crab feast a success By Jack Hoban Special to the Cape Gazette Polio survivor Dave Keller picked at his hardshell crab and remembered his terrifying battle with polio in 1953. "I was 8 years old and sitting at tile dinner table when suddenly I couldn't move anything," he said. "I was taken to the Children's Hospital in Washington, D.C., where I was diagnosed with polio. It was very scary. They burned all my clothes and put me in quarantine. I couldn't see my parents for three weeks. The disease affected everything from the top of my legs to my neck. The big fear was that it would spread to my throat. If it did I would have to use an iron lung to breathe. They sat that huge contraption next to my bed. The hospital was lined with beds with kids with polio. After a while, the kids to my left and right were gone. I figured they went home. I found out later they had died" Luckily, Keller made a full re- covery. Keller was one of over 65 people who attended the Fourth Annual Poli'oPlus Crab Feast held at the Surfing Crab Restaurant in Lewes. The Rotary fundraiser raised over $1,000 for polio eradication, Polio is a contagious viral disease, especially in children, that attacks the central nervous system and can result in paralysis. Keller's scenario happened regularly in the U.S. until a solu- tion was found in 1955 with the introduction of the pblio vaccine. It was eradicated in most of the developed world by the mid-80s. In 1985, polio was reduced to 350,000 new cases in 125 coun- tries. That's when Rotary got in- volved and used its 1.2 million worldwide members to raise where religion, politics and a money and awareness for the resentment of anything Western disease. Since then, Rotary has is keeping people from being raised over $1.2 billion to fight inoculated. this dreaded disease, inoculat- The plan there is to reintro- ing over 2 billion children in the duce the inoculations through process. Pakistani Rotary clubs. Today, there are fewer than "The crab feast went extreme- 300 new cases per year in three ly well," said Rotary PolioPlus countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria Coordinator Philip Allen. "We and Pakistan. raised over $1,000. Since each The plan is to have it eradi- polio vaccine costs about 60 cated in those countries by 2018. cents, we raised enough to buy Polio is considered eradicated if 1,666 inoculations. Plus, every there are no new cases for three dollar raised by Rotary for Polio years in a country, gets a $2 match from The Bill and The biggest problem areas are Melinda Gates Foundation. So the tribal regions in Pakistan, we really raised $3,000." JACKHOBANPHOTO TEAMING UP TO RAISE MORE THAN $1,000 to help eradicate polio are (I- r) Rotary PolioPlus Coordinator Philip Allen, Rotary District Gov. Jen Reider, PolioPlus Chair and polio survivor John Nanni, and Surfing Crab owner Don Vechery. / ....) ti C """""' us n 0x .Plambing Emergency HOME SERVICES Cooling Service A Subsidiary of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation Call For Service Today[ (302) 217-6900 Providing RED CARPET SERVICE! | mm mm mm ,ram am mm am mm ,m,, am ,am um '1 I ustin Cox $45 SAVINGS I It ~M[ %| I~VI( [% | ,~,~, on an)' repairs COOLING PLUMBING I HEATING I Not valid with any other nffers or discounts. Must present coupon upon service. Expires 6/111/Z015. ('ode 69(P,) k m atom mira m m m m m m mm Briefly )) Xi-Sigma Chapter to sponsor Chinese auction Xi-Sigma Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi will sponsor a Chi- nese auction Saturday, NOv. 8, at Lewes Presbyterian Church, 133 Kings Highway, Lewes. 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