Lesson My Father Taught Me

Story shared by Neva A. of La Jolla

My family moved to San Diego in 1969. My dad had polio and couldn’t plow snow anymore. He researched the best climate in the U.S. and San Diego came out on top. He was also interested in meeting Dr. Salk

I listened to my father’s stories about contracting polio. I saw him in bed for 7 years as the post polio syndrome consumed him. Dr. Salk created the polio vaccine that I got as a kid. I was born in 1952 and the vaccine was available in 1955. I remember standing in line for my first shot.

We are lightyears ahead of this now. Thanks to Technology and brilliant research scientists here (in San Diego) and around the world.

Sorry it took a pandemic to remind us what is important in life.

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