POLIO sufferer Julie Frauenfelder walks with a slight limp but it has never stopped her living her life.
Today, on World Polio Day, the Rotary Club of Albury Hume member talks about seeing a world free of polio.
“I was diagnosed as a baby and, being one of six children, my parents never treated me any differently,” she said.
“I was incredibly lucky that way.
“I grew up with a non-disabled attitude.”
Polio had affected the way she walked.
Her left foot would turn in and surgery to correct the way she walked began at a young age.
“I wore calipers for a time but when I started school I was proudly wearing laced-up shoes,” she said.
She underwent tendon lengthening surgery until the age of 15.
“I still walk with a bit of a limp,” she said.
“I like to wear high heels; it’s difficult but I wear them.”
Rotary International has contributed $500,000 so the World Health Organisation can address an outbreak in Somalia.
Rotary Club of Albury Hume foundation director Nicole Doughty said two-thirds of cases this year were in countries previously polio-free.
“For a very small sum you can make a difference,” she said.
“Just $15 will buy 25 doses of polio vaccine, that’s only 60 cents to protect a child for life.”
To make a donation to the cause, visit endpolio.org. End Polio Now pins are being sold at the SS and A Club in Albury.