SOUTH BERWICK — A woman who has spent years dedicated to the global eradication of polio says she will never stop trying to find a cure for the virus that once paralyzed her.
Ann Lee Hussey, 59, a lifelong Mainer, was one of 12 Rotary International members recognized at the White House recently for their worldwide humanitarian efforts.
“They’re incredible and inspiring Rotarians. I was honored to be among them,” Hussey said recently.
Rotary Club members honored at the White House were said by Hussey to have touched lives, whether it be through preventing hunger, improving health, or making sure children have shoes and backpacks.
The White House recognized the 12 Rotarians to be “Champions of Change,” according to a press release. However, Hussey believes it’s about the efforts made, not the recognition received.
“I never considered myself a champion. It’s really about the worldwide effort the Rotary does and the organizations with which we have partnered,” Hussey said.
Diagnosed with polio at 17 months old, Hussey has worked for the last 12 years to immunize children 6 years old or younger before the virus can cripple them.
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