Today the Club was introduced to an organization known as Polio Epic, Inc. Polio Epic, Inc., founded in 1985, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide education, support and community connections that empower polio survivors with tools necessary to make adjustments needed to continue a life of dignity, independence and interdependence. Two representatives from Polio Epic, Inc., Cece Axton and Micki Minner, spoke to our Club about the issues that polio survivors, who were afflicted in their early years, face in their later years. The issues that polio survivors face in their later years are known as Post-Polio Syndrome. It is estimated that 80% of all polio survivors will be afflicted with Post-Polio Syndrome. The syndrome manifests itself as a slow degradation of muscle structure. There is no known method to slow down the aging process associated with Post-Polio Syndrome and the more active the survivor is, the greater the rate of muscle loss. There are at least nine symptoms that may point to an individual having Post-Polio Syndrome. These include multiple compression injuries, Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, body temperature regulation problems, chronic depression, need to overachieve, etc. The bottom line is there is no cure for a Post-Polio Syndrome although all symptoms may be treated as they occur. Much more information on Post-Polio Syndrome may be found on the Polio Epic, Inc. website ( One note of concern is the decreasing vaccination rate among youth in the United States. Vaccination of 95% of the United States population is needed to prevent the re-occurrence of Polio within our population. Currently the percentage of unvaccinated individuals under age 15 is 25%. After all that has been done to eradicate polio it would be a shame to have the virus reoccur in our population!