“The Last Poster Child” explores the triumphant life of Pam Henry—polio survivor, pioneering broadcast journalist, and devoted advocate for those with disabilities.
Stricken as a 14-month-old child before the advent of vaccines, Pam became the national symbol of the struggle against the disease in 1959 when, at the age of nine, she became the March of Dimes national polio poster child. Her likeness was on millions of billboards and publications and she toured the country, meeting politicians, celebrities, and journalists and helped to raise millions of dollars to help eradicate the disease. Ironically, the vaccines were so effective (although too late for Pam) that she would be the last poster child to represent polio.
She would go on to pave a path for female journalists as the first woman television reporter in the state of Oklahoma, in spite of the lingering effects of polio that would eventually confine her to a wheelchair. After a distinguished career in journalism—including 11 years as news director for the statewide Oklahoma Educational Television Authority—she now devotes her time and effort to bettering the lives of those with disabilities.