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Published On: Fri, Oct 18th, 2013

Running the distance for polio eradication

By Tanya F. Wolff

I am not a runner. I can jog. I can walk and I can hike. I do these things for those in the world who cannot.

Image/Rotary International

Image/Rotary International

The PolioPlus program was already in effect when I joined Rotary in 1992. Seeing as I have travelitis (the need to travel constantly), the idea of traveling to another part of the world was a Rotary opportunity that I could not pass up.

As a child, I didn’t know anyone affected by polio. It just didn’t exist in my world. But my world has become bigger since I joined Rotary. In the remotest parts of India, Mali, Niger, Egypt, Benin and Nepal, I met thousands who have been touched by this disease.

In 2010, I decided to run my first marathon for PolioPlus, and I couldn’t think of a better place than in Chicago, the birthplace of Rotary. The following year, I joined the Rotary Club of New York’s marathon team for the NYC marathon. Earlier this year I tackled Disney’s marathon-and-a-half, called the “Goofy.” Which it was!

Tanya F. Wolff is a member of the Rotary club of Sarnia, Ontario, Canada

Learn how you can help:

  • Visit the World Polio Day: Making History Livestream page to add the event to your calendar.
  • Embed the Livestream video player on your website or Facebook page.
  • Download a World Polio Day toolkit for sample social media posts and graphics.
  • Read posts from polio survivors

Used by permission from Rotary International

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