vaccinations

What About the Survivors? Wheels of Hope

Posted on 04/3/2013 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest post by Philip L. Graitcer and the last in a five-part series about a group of dedicated Rotary volunteers helping to eradicate polio in Kaduna, Nigeria. En route to the Abuja, Nigeria airport. On our way home. It’s been a week of 10-hour days and the Rotarians are visibly tired. They’ve trudged down countless alleys, endured smoke, dust storms, and long bumpy bus rides. But in spite of these inconveniences, no one would trade this week for anything – …

Italian Vacation? Let’s Help Eradicate Polio Instead

Posted on 03/6/2013 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest post by Philip L. Graitcer and the first in a five-part series about a group of dedicated Rotary volunteers helping to eradicate polio in Kaduna, Nigeria.   They’re at a point in their lives where they could be playing with their grandchildren, working in the garden, or on a cruise, instead, these seniors are spending their leisure time eradicating polio in Nigeria. I’m meeting up with a 15-member polio immunization team – all Rotary International  club volunteers with …

Another Flu Season -Ahhh, the Memories!

Posted on 02/18/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingFlu season will forever remind me of my father. “That’s an odd association,” I can almost hear you saying. “Was he particularly prone to the illness? Did a particularly bad case of it hit him hard?” Well, no to both those questions –aside from all his chronic conditions, Dad was generally healthy as a horse. The connection resides in his lifelong refusal, in the face of nurses’ please and doctors’ dire warnings, to ever get vaccinated. Those conversations arose at …