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Race to End Polio Now

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Thomas Woods via Crowdrise
October 14, 2011

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BENEFITING: Rotary Foundation of Rotary International

EVENT DATE: Oct 09, 2011

Thomas Woods

THE STORY:

My Race to End Polio Now

On 9 October 2011, I plan to run in the Bank of America’s Chicago Marathon. The marathon has a long and storied history dating back to 23 September 1905. That same year, exactly seven months earlier, a small group of men led by a young lawyer named Paul Harris met in an office in Room 711 of the Unity Building on Dearborn Avenue in downtown Chicago. This seemingly unassuming meeting would lead to the founding of one of the world’s largest service organizations, Rotary International. Today, Rotary has over 1.2 million members in over 33,000 clubs representing over 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.

Rotary International’s enduring mission is to eradicate the crippling disease polio so that no child has to suffer its debilitating effects ever again. Not since small pox has a widespread worldwide disease been removed from the face of the Earth. While many thought that Rotary’s mission to entirely eliminate this horrible disease was unthinkable, consider this: when Rotary’s initiative was passed by a resolution of the World Health Assembly in 1988, there were an estimated 350,000 cases in over 125 endemic countries. Today, only four endemic countries remain, with less than 1,300 cases in 2010, a 99 percent reduction in polio cases. Rotary members and supporters have contributed over $1 billion to this effort and are now on the verge of eliminating this crippling childhood disease.

My Race to End Polio Now is a four and a half hour grind over 26.2 miles through the neighborhoods of Chicago, but it is no comparison to the hardships that polio victims suffer.

Once my race has ended, my fatigue has passed and my body has recovered I will be able to return to my normal daily activities. However, for a child with polio there are no normal daily activities and their fight against polio will go on as they struggle every day against this crippling disease. While the Western world has long forgotten the ravages of polio, it cannot turn its back on those who have not. For them, the marathon stretches beyond a few hours of a fall morning, into a daily battle for their lives. Please help me, and the dedicated volunteers of Rotary International, to End Polio Now.

~Tom Woods

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To This Fundraiser

$1,353

MONEY RAISED
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  • Thomas Woods

    $100

  • Nicole Chavas

    $25

  • Chuck Aron

    $18

  • Nicole Gratch

    $15

  • Robin Berman

    $50

  • David Peterson

    $50

  • Gratch/Wilensky

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Lisa and Tom Woods

    $100

  • Richard D. Stannard

    $35

  • Megan Timmons

    $25

  • Doug Shepherd

     

  • Susan Shepherd

     

  • Ryan and Neha

    $25

  • Harvey Shovers

     

  • jill ciminillo

     

  • Viv

    $30

  • Devin Shepherd

    $10

  • Krista Mikos

    $25

  • Carly and Chris

    $50

  • Diane and Steve TeBeau

    $25

  • Preston and Sharon Woods

    $100

  • Lucille Shovers

    $25

  • Dolores M Otto

    $35

  • Bob & Leslie Zimmerman

    $100

  • Haris Sofradzija

    $10

  • David Mokry

    $50

  • Vanessa Kaicher

    $10

  • Middlethorp Q. Higgenbother

    $10

  • The Hinkles, Rick,Mary Kay,Garrett,Cameron

    $75

  • Muriel Marseille

    $50

  • Brock Auerbach-Lynn

    $10

  • Gloria Cramer

    $25

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68% Raised of $2,000 Goal

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The Team: $1,353 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Rotary Foundation of Rotary Interna...

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$843

 

42% Raised of $2,000 Goal

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Thomas Woods

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$510

 

26% Raised of $2,000 Goal

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Lisa Woods

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Devin Shepherd

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Vanessa Kaicher

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Rick Hinkle

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Donor Comments

Gloria Cramer

Gloria Cramer

DONATION: $25

5 years ago

Brock Auerbach-Lynn

Brock Auerbach-Lynn

DONATION: $10

Best of luck Tom!! This is a fabulous goal and cause to shoot for. I'll watch for you tomorrow. kick ass! 5 years ago

Muriel Marseille

Muriel Marseille

DONATION: $50

Hey Tom! You are amazing. I am so inspired by your efforts. I will be there to cheer you on tomorrow. You go boy! Michael Cudlitz aint got nothin on you man! Muriel 5 years ago

The Hinkles, Rick,Mary Kay,Garrett,Cameron

The Hinkles, Rick,Mary Kay,Garrett,Cameron

DONATION: $75

5 years ago

Middlethorp Q. Higgenbother

Middlethorp Q. Higgenbother

DONATION: $10

For that unforgettable night in Morocco. You truly had the lions share, old chap! 5 years ago

Vanessa Kaicher

Vanessa Kaicher

DONATION: $10

5 years ago

David Mokry

David Mokry

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Haris Sofradzija

Haris Sofradzija

DONATION: $10

5 years ago

Bob & Leslie Zimmerman

Bob & Leslie Zimmerman

DONATION: $100

GO TOM!!! 5 years ago

Preston and Sharon Woods

Preston and Sharon Woods

DONATION: $100

5 years ago