From the Chair
We hope you had an enjoyable holiday season even though the weather was not very cooperative. Between the snow and very cold temperatures, many of us spent most of our time indoors.
World Polio Day was celebrated on October 24, 2016. This is a celebration of the end of polio in the world. Although there continue to be a small number of polio cases each year, the complete eradication is near. As part of this celebration the Farmington, MI Rotary Club ask me to speak at their meeting, which included the showing of the film “The Shot Felt Around The World” at a theater in Farmington. In the Spring this Rotary Club is also planning a revisit at Botsford Commons, the site of the Farmington Childrens Rehabilitation Hospital. Many of our polio survivors rebated there.
Many of us visited the University of Michigan’s “brace man” Mark Taylor. In December he retired after a very long career. We wish him the best in his retirement years. Alicia Foster will now be the orthotist. She has been working with Mark and is ready to continue serving polio survivors.
Most of us know how our parents coped with our polio, but this new book details the extreme polio story. “Triumph on Baker Road: How the Walsh Family Defeated Polio” – May 2, 2016 The year was 1955, the month was September. Keron and Anne Walsh and their 14 children were on their family farm in northern Illinois, preparing for the opening of the new school year, when 5-year old Rose complained about a headache. Their doctor identified the culprit: polio.
In less than a month after the first diagnosis, 10 more of the Walsh children came down with polio, five with cases so serious they had to be hospitalized. Two never recovered. Although this book is not available in the Network library, it is available at bookstores and online.
We are continuing our relationship with The Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and have been assured they will keep us informed of any new developments.
Check our web site www.michiganpolionetwork.com for polio information.
Keep warm and safe, Spring is coming.
Bruce E. Sachs,
Chairman, Michigan Polio Network