Members of the Tuscaloosa Rotary Club will join with more than a million Rotarians globally Thursday for World Polio Day as the international service organization works to wipe out the last cases of that terrible virus.

David Pass of Sealy Realty and Dr. Pamela Parker joined 95.3 the Bear's Steve Shannon Morning Show Thursday to talk about the disease, the Rotary Club's 30-year battle to eradicate it and what people can do to help Thursday on World Polio Day.

Although the virus has been almost completely wiped out, in 1988 it paralyzed around 1,000 children every single day. In 2018, only 33 cases of wild poliovirus were reported in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but for the Rotary Club, no goal short of global vaccination and the effective elimination of polio is acceptable.

You can listen to their entire interview below, or just go to to learn more, spread awareness and donate to the cause. Not convinced? Bill Gates has partnered with the Rotary Club and will match all donations made Thursday 2-to-1, so each dollar donated turns into $3 funding the fight against polio and vaccinating children worldwide.

Click below to listen to these local leaders discuss this effort, then follow their example and join the fight against polio.

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