End Polio NOW!

As a 73-year-old woman who survived polio in 1948, I’m keenly aware and enthusiastic about Rotary’s efforts and fundraising campaign to eradicate polio.

I deeply understand the importance of the Rotary clubs’ Herculean push to end poliomyelitis. It’s as important now as the Salk/Sabin discoveries when I was a young girl in Illinois.

With my pledge to the “End Polio Now!” campaign, I hope will bring much needed monetary resources to the eradication efforts in developing countries.

I’m offering a portion of the proceeds of the sale of my autobiography “Race the Sun!” to add to the campaign to match the challenge grants received from the Gates Foundation.

I have pledged $5 per book to go to Rotary International fundraising efforts. Beginning in October 2011, I began my pledge and challenge on my Web site charlottegeorgesmith.com to encourage others to contribute to the Rotary International “End Polio Now” fundraising efforts.

With appreciation and humble aloha.

Charlotte George Smith

Retired NASA scientist

Charlotte retired from NASA in 1988 and moved to Maui.  At age 10 she survived polio and lived independently as a wheelchair user since.  In 1967 she became the first woman with paraplegia to earn a pilot’s license, and in 1978 traveled around the world in 30 days with a group of friends on commercial airlines. She founded the Maui County Commission on Persons with Disabilities and published her memoir, “Race the Sun!”  She is donating a portion of the book’s proceeds to the Rotary Foundation’s effort to eradicate polio.

“I want to make others aware of contributions that go directly to support immunization campaigns in developing countries, where polio still paralyzes children, affecting their futures and compounding their family’s hardships.

For more information on the Rotary International campaign: http://www.rotary.org/en/ServiceAndFellowship/Polio/Pages/ridefault.aspx


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