Ann Lee Hussey and the Toledo Jazz Orchestra—Polio and Mardi Gras
In a combined program, Polio survivor Ann Lee Hussey addresses Rotary International’s Polio Plus campaign. Ann’s right leg is an inch and a half shorter than her left, causing her to limp. Her feet are misshaped, and her joints and muscles ache so badly by the end of the day that it’s tough to go to sleep. And yet within the last decade this 58-year old has made 20 trips to some of the most rugged and dangerous places in the world- Mali, Nigeria, Chad. Each time, she leads a team of one or two dozen volunteers with the same ambitious goal: to immunize as many children as possible, thereby ensuring that they will not contract polio, an infectious viral disease that can attack nerves and cause paralysis. It’s the same ailment that has wreaked havoc on Ann Lee’s life. “I get exhausted sometimes, but then I remember: I never want another child to endure what I’ve gone through,” she says.
In celebration of Mardi Gras, the Toledo Jazz Orchestra returns again this year to play Dixieland favorites.
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