Blaylock spearheads donation for polio eradication

From Press, Staff Reports

Brad Blaylock, 2013 Mississippi Beta president, spearheaded
fundraising for Rotary International’s polio eradication program at
the state Beta Convention in Tupelo in February.

Through the efforts of Mississippi Beta clubs, students donated $754
to support Rotary International’s efforts. Blaylock proposed the
fundraising efforts in memory of his grandfather, Thomas Blaylock,
who was affected by polio in the early 1940s.
In Brad Blaylock’s keynote address, he stressed the admiration he
held for his grandfather, who dealt with polio all his life. Being
crippled did not stop him.

According to Blaylock’s speech, his grandfather played both baseball
and basketball during high school and even excelled despite having to
run with a limp. He never allowed polio to be a crutch in his life.
As inspiration for this fundraising, Blaylock proposed the Beta
students donate money to support Rotary International.

Rotary clubs have been sponsoring an eradication program for 25
years. According to Rotary International, “Polio remains endemic in
only three countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. But because
non-endemic countries remain at risk for cases imported from those
three, immunization must continue everywhere to ensure that polio is
eradicated worldwide.”

Blaylock presented the Beta students’ donation to Carey Hardin,
assistant governor of Rotary District 6820, at the Feb. 26 meeting of
the Eupora Rotary Club. Hardin, of Starkville, said he planned to add
to the donation to make it an even $1,000.
Blaylock commends his fellow officers and Beta students for donating
to a cause so dear to him. He is a senior at Eupora High School, and
the son of Lyn and Stan Blaylock of Eupora.