The struggles of a Puerto Rican polio survivor

Laura Blizzard

By Laura Blizzard, assistant governor of District 7000 and a member of the Rotary Club of Santurce, Puerto Rico

I met Maria while assisting with the End Polio Now lighting of the capitol in San Juan on 23 February, 2011. My telephone number was published in a local newspaper article about Rotary’s polio eradication efforts, and she called to offer her support and help. She said she understood better than many the importance of these efforts. I asked her how. This is her story:

My name is Maria L. Diaz Vargas. I am a polio survivor. I contracted the virus in 1964 when I was three years old. Continue reading

Why I decided to help Rotary end polio

Nydia Caro joins Rotary’s “This Close” polio awareness campaign

By Nydia Caro, Puerto Rican actress, singer, and “This Close” ambassador

When John Richardson, past governor of District 7000 (Puerto Rico), contacted me to be the face of the polio eradication program for Rotary in Puerto Rico, I did not hesitate because I wanted somehow to be a part of this amazing project.  

As I started doing research on Rotary to understand my commitment better, I discovered the amazing scope of activities Rotarians are involved in to improve our planet.  Continue reading