The Rotary Club of Youngstown, Youngstown CityScape, and Chick-Fil-A have launched a local fund-raising campaign to fight polio, which has been eradicated in all but three countries.
With more than 500 purple crocus bulbs planted last fall now emerging in Central Square in downtown Youngstown, Chick-Fil-A on U.S. Route 224 in Boardman is selling silk crocus lapel pins for $3 to raise funds and awareness of this crippling disease.
The purple color symbolizes the dye applied to the little finger of each child vaccinated against polio.
Rotary International will match funds raised for this cause.
Having been eradicated in the Americas in 1994, polio persists in Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
“That disease is just a plane ride away from coming to our country,” Sharon M. Letson, a Rotarian and CityScape executive director, told the Mahoning County Commissioners last week.
Rotary meets at noon Wednesdays at the downtown Youngstown YMCA.