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The bottom line is this: As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, all children - wherever they live - remain at risk.
—Rotary International Website

The Swim To End Polio Blog

Stay up to date with the latest news surrounding Thie's swim.

Marilyn Bell Park: Seeing The Finish Line


A few weeks ago Thie headed to Marilyn Bell Park in Toronto, Ontario in order to get a view of her finish line. After a brief swim she found the Marilyn Bell Park dedication plaque.

What exactly does a Lake Ontario swim crossing entail?


Thie will be swimming Lake Ontario beginning at Niagara-on-the-Lake and completing her swim at Marilyn Bell Park (~52 km) in Toronto.

Eradicating polio one child at a time; in her mind’s eye Thie sees children whose names she does not know


When asked what keeps a marathon swimmer going, Thie Convery talks about the children. The goal of polio eradication truly is a ‘one child at a time’ process. While swimming countless strokes and spending many hours in the (often) cold water, Thie envisions the children receiving the drops of the polio vaccine into their mouths, forever ensuring that they will not succumb to the Polio virus. Fellow Rotarians have forwarded Thie photos of Polio victims that have been taken on National Immunization Days and those images (and others found at are powerful reminders, and offer great motivation for Thie as she trains to cross Lake Ontario this summer ... END POLIO NOW!