Madelyn grew up in Berryville, Virginia and was stricken with polio at the same time as two other children in her hometown. At nine years old, she was sent to a hospital in Richmond where she was quarantined. She was paralyzed on her entire left side and had to have physical therapy for more than … Continue reading The Ugly Brown Shoes: A Polio Survivor’s Story
On a September morning in 1941, a lifelong indelible impact influenced the lives of every immediate family member, especially my sister, Nancy. This day altered all of our lives and for each one of us a different result. My carefree childhood days came abruptly to an end; my growing-up was forced – sudden – unexpected. … Continue reading Everlasting Courage
By Karen W. Kovacs Photo by quicksilver_ The last time I recall thinking about “culture” as a verb dates back to a biology lab and brings back memories of petri dishes, bacteria, pipettes and writing a lab report. I had not thought about “culture” in terms of the action describing my ability to grow … Continue reading Can You Guarantee My Bulbs Will Grow?
By Karen W. Kovacs We wanted a creative way to tell the world about our efforts to help eradicate polio and reach an audience of gardeners and plant lovers who may purchase bulbs from our internationally acclaimed local business partner, Brent & Becky’s Bulbs. Consociate Media created some incredible graphics to help tell folks … Continue reading Buy a Plant. Heal the World. Our Story in a Slideshow.
By Karen W. Kovacs 2018. The year we anticipate polio will likely be gone, done, finished ruining so many lives of innocent young children. Through ongoing vaccination programs and close monitoring, the incidences of devastating paralysis that occur from this vaccine preventable disease will be few and far between. Hard to believe that only … Continue reading What Happens When Polio is Eradicated?