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Wakefield company raises funds to end polio

Posted by boston.com  January 23, 2014 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by HD Physical Therapy:

Wakefield/Rotary District 7930 is holding its 4th Annual Polar Plunge on Saturday, February 1, at 11:00am, on Long Beach in Gloucester, right in front of the Cape Ann Motor Inn.

This year's HD Physical Therapy Team plungers include Wakefield Rotary Club member Ed Harding, along with rookie jumpers, HDPT co-founder GlennD'Addario, MSPT, DPT, and staff members, Svet Wilson, PTA, ATC, Robbie Barletta, PTA, Marilena Lobrutto, Katie Crowley & Becca Marrama!

TEAM HDPT’s fundraising goal is $3000, with the Wakefield Rotary’s cash donation goal being $10,000, to aid in the district’s goal of raising $100,000.

Team captain, plunger Ed explains, “for as little as 60 cents worth of an oral vaccine, a child can be protected from the disease for life. The plunge event is fun for everyone, but the real money we raise directly translates to thousands of vaccines. It is an amazing feeling to know that we have a hand in preventing a crippling disease from affecting children.”

In 2012, 429 million children were vaccinated against polio, with less then 300 cases reported. That figure represents a decline of more then 60% from 2011.

Since 1985, Polio has become the signature cause for Rotary International, with the mission to eradicate it from the world entirely. More than a billion dollars has been raised between Rotary clubs world wide, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. When Rotary took on the battle against this disease more then 350,000 people spanning 125 countries were impacted. Today there are three countries left where it has not been eradicated, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.

Support TEAM HDPT and the Wakefield/District 7930 Rotary Club’s plan to eradicate polio in our lifetime. Pledge today and come watch them all take the plunge!

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