Join the Fight to End Polio

My name is Dennis Ogbe and this past summer I represented the USA at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. I am also a polio survivor.

I contracted polio at the age of three when I was taken to a health clinic to be treated for malaria in Nigeria. Today, polio still exists in Nigeria and is still killing and disabling children.

Life is especially challenging in developing countries for a person who has been disabled by polio. Opportunities for physical therapy, regular doctor visits, access to proper medical equipment and handicapped parking can be irregular and often don’t exist.

This is the scary truth: Levels of polio are at an all-time low, but polio anywhere remains a threat to children everywhere. Eradication is within reach, but we need your help.

You and I have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to change history and finally eradicate polio from our planet. We must ensure success because every child, no matter where in the world they are, should have an equal shot at a healthy life.

I believe that every child deserves a chance to have a healthy life, no matter where they live. By pledging my support today, I add my voice to the U.S. movement to give children around the world the shot at life they deserve.

I understand that, for children in developing countries with limited access to life-saving immunizations, childhood vaccines are an essential part of ensuring healthy development and a productive future.

I pledge to do what I can to help children around the world gain access to life-saving vaccines and experience a shot at more “firsts.”

I will encourage my friends, my family, my community and my local, state, and national leaders to speak up and stand up for children who need vaccines to survive and thrive.

By pledging my support and lending my voice to this movement, I am investing in childhood and the future.


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