VIDEO: Talley students wear purple on World Polio Day
Some middle school students in Wilmington are wearing purple in support of eradicating a terrible disease.
WDEL's Mellany Armstrong reports.
A wave of purple shirts at Talley Middle School as students collect pennies to pay for children to be vaccinated against polio.
Although the last case of polio in the U.S. was in 1979, 7th grader Isabella Scheib has experienced it.
"My uncle has polio, and yeah, he got it when he was younger, so yeah, it's kind of personal," says Scheib.
Fellow seventh grader Jai Lewis learned cases of polio remain in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria.
"Even though they may not be in the country that you're in, they're still like a plane ride away and we could catch it," says Lewis.
Pennies can help banish polio.
"It only costs 60 cents for the vaccine to protect a child against polio for life," says Keith Marsh of the Brandywine Rotary Club
But Rotary International says it takes billions to get to the children who need it.
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