Ceredo-Kenova Rotary Club to host fundraising film viewing Oct. 28

September 5, 2018

CEREDO — The Ceredo-Kenova Rotary Club is among several area chapters of the international service organization that will host a viewing of a film about polio, which the group has been working to eradicate for more than three decades.

Ceredo-Kenova Rotary, along with club chapters in Ashland, Grayson, Huntington, Ironton, Louisa, Russell and Portsmouth, will host a fundraising viewing of the film “Breathe” Oct. 28 at 3 p.m. at the Paramount Arts Center in Ashland.

“Rotary members take on some of the world’s most persistent challenges, one of which is polio,” Ceredo-Kenova Rotary member Sheila Fraley said. “In the United States, many are not familiar with polio as the U.S. has been polio-free since 1979 thanks to an effective vaccine.”

According to Rotary International, Polio is caused by the polio virus and causes paralysis and sometimes death. Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for over 30 years, and their goal of ridding the earth of this disease is in sight. It started in 1979 with vaccinations for 6 million children in the Philippines. Today, Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan are the only countries where polio remains endemic. Rotary members have played a key role in bringing the world to the brink of polio eradication. These efforts have not only ended polio in 122 countries but also created a system for tackling myriad other health priorities, such as Ebola. More information is available online at www.rotary.org

The 2017 film, starring Andrew Garfield, tells the true story of Robin Cavendish, who fell ill from polio in 1958 at age 28. The disease left him paralyzed from the neck down, and he was unable to breathe without the help of a respirator. Cavendish was one of the longest-living polio survivors in Great Britain before his death in 1994.

Tickets for the fundraising event are $10 donation and can be obtained from Rotary members or at the Paramount Arts Center box office. All proceeds will benefit Rotary International Polio Plus Fund. An Iron Lung will be on display at the event.

“We hope you will join us to view this truly inspiring story of love and resilience,” Fraley said.

Sponsorships are also available. Contact Sheila Fraley, 606-921-2040, for details.

Ceredo-Kenova Rotary is a service organization that meets each Friday at noon at Kenova First Baptist Church.

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