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Rotary guest puts face on polio

October 29, 2017

Rotary International has long fought for the eradication of polio. In recognition of this determined effort, members of the Cleveland Rotary Club highlighted World Polio Day with an informative and inspiring presentation from a polio survivor.

Lady Elizabeth Dalton, sister of Rotarian Ernestine Belt, gave a fascinating account of her journey with bulbospinal polio, which she contracted in the seventh grade, and affects primarily her neck and throat area to this day.

She was hospitalized at the time, experienced the need to relearn to walk, and trained her unaffected muscles to take up the slack for her weakened muscles.

Cleveland Rotary raised over $600 that is matched 2 to 1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – successfully limiting polio to less than 10 cases reported worldwide this year.