ASHLAND – A coalition of Rotary International clubs in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia has joined forces to challenge the tri-state to an international fight against End Polio Now.
In recognition of Oct. 24 World Polio Day, the group organized a screening of the award-winning film "Breathe" at the Paramount Arts Center in Ashland. The event will feature an exhibition of iron lungs and the debut of a short film about outbreaks of polio and survival stories.
"Breathe", the true story of a polio survivor is shown on the big screen of the theater. October 28, 3 pm The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
One entry ticket to the event is a $ 10 donation to the Rotary International PolioPlus Fund. Tickets are available from Ashland, Barboursville, Ceredo-Kenova, Grayson, Huntington, Ironton, Louisa, Russell and Portsmouth Rotary Club, as well as at the PAC cash desk. Tickets will be available until shortly before the show.
The movie "Breathe" was released by Bleeker Street in 2017 and produced by Jonathan Cavendish ("Bridget Jones & # 39; s Diary"). "Breathe" shows the actors Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy and tells the story of Cavendish's father, Robin Cavendish, who got polio at the age of 28 years. Robin Cavendish is paralyzed by the disease and has said he has only months to live. With his wife Diana, their family, and the inventor Teddy Hall, Cavendish flees from an infirmary and devotes the rest of his life to helping fellow patients and the disabled.
Before the show in the PAC walk through a hospital exhibition of adults and children iron lungs. The large machines were used to breathe polio survivors whose paralyzed muscles could not perform the function. This was arranged by the Rotary West Virginia district.
The history of local polio outbreaks and four survival stories will also be highlighted at the event. Experienced local journalist Randy Yohe and his wife Vickie, owners of Brown Dog Productions and OurBoomLife.com, have created a short film for the event. "Polio Survior Stories" will make its debut at the event. It tells the story of four local survivors and shows the Milton, W.V. a. Morris Memorial Hospital, where many local polio patients were treated.
The proceeds of the event will go to Rotary International's PolioPlus Fund and will be awarded 2: 1 over the three-year period 2017- by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has pledged $ 450 million to fight polio. 19th The Foundation is the largest source of private funding for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, providing technical assistance and investing in research. GPEI estimates that $ 1.5 billion will be needed to finance the polio.
Poliomyelitis, simply called polio, is a highly infectious disease that primarily affects children under the age of five. Polio spreads through contaminated water and attacks the nervous system, sometimes leading to paralysis and death. There is no cure for the disease, but there is an effective vaccine that all children must receive to protect them and stop the disease worldwide.
Polio contracted tens of thousands of Americans until they were exterminated in 1979 in the USA. In more than 30 years since Rotary International began its worldwide fight against polio, more than 2.5 billion children have been vaccinated, and the number of cases dropped by 99.9 percent. In 1988, 350,000 children in 125 countries were made ill by the disease.
In 2018, 20 cases of polio were reported worldwide. Only in three countries, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria, is the wild poliovirus endemic. A country does not have to have a case for "polio-free" for three years.
As Rotary's education campaign says, the world is truly "this close" to eradicate a disease from the planet for the second time in human history. However, efforts must be sustained when the vaccines are stopped, and over the next 10 years, an estimated 200,000 cases of polio could occur.