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'Paint your Pinkies Purple to End Polio' event in South Bend raises awareness

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You may have noticed some purple fingernails across the area. It's all for awareness of polio.

South Bend Rotary hosted the "Paint Your Pinkies Purple to End Polio" event at the Century Center.

It helps raise awareness and funds to support the Rotary's efforts to eradicate polio.

While the disease has been nearly eradicated in the U.S. That's not the case in other parts of the world.

"It was almost wiped out here in this country, but it was an endemic in much of the world. And by putting their worldwide network of clubs and rotary members, along with their dollars that come from the rotary international foundation, they combine with the bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other international MGOS to really reduce it. So, it's been our project for a long time and as we say, we're this close,” said John Pinter, President of the South Bend Rotary Club.

Rotary has helped immunize more than 2-billion children worldwide.

Notre Dame women's basketball Coach Muffett McGraw took part in the event.

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