PRINCETON — The Rotary Club of Princeton will portray polio’s terrible effects and global devastation by displaying a real iron lung (RILEE), used widely in America in the 1940s and 1950s to keep many victims alive. The RILEE will be on display during the free Veterans’ and Seniors’ Resource Fair from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, at Bureau County Metro Center, 837 Park Ave. West in Princeton.
Tim Kunkel, Rotary Club of Princeton president, stated: “Rotary’s joint initiative to eradicate polio from the face of the earth has been ongoing for nearly 40 years. Polio cases have dropped by 99.9 percent over that same period. The iron lung reminds us of how important it is to continue our goal of eradicating the disease from the planet.
“Our hope is for it to spark an emotional connection between our youth — the post-polio generation to learn about our End Polio Now campaign,” Kunkel said.
The public is invited to bring the kids and learn the two messages the RILEE has to deliver: As long as one child is diagnosed with polio, every child in the world is at risk, and immunizations must continue for at least three years after the diagnosed case.
The Rotary Club of Princeton meets every Tuesday at noon at the Ye Olde Underground Inn in Princeton for lunch, camaraderie and a speaker. For information, visit facebook.com/princetonrotaryclub.