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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

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.

For Thie, the completion of the Lake Ontario swim will be the culmination of a year of training and effort dedicated to a successful crossing.

Although Thie will cross her finish line, just as Marilyn Bell (and the other 51 successful crossers did), we are reminded that in this fight to eradicate Polio, the world is not quite there. The finish line is in sight. We are this close:

to eradiating Polio.

Keep swimming, keep pushing, keep on!

End Polio Now!

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  • Posted by Jodi DiLascio, 21/09/2010 6:23pm (14 years ago)

    Hello Thia,
    I was googling the name Marilyn Bell and came across your video of your reading of the Marilyn Bell plaque in her park shortly before your attempt across the lake.
    I am not sure whether you made it across successfully, but if only to have the courage to even attempt those icey waters already makes you a hero!
    I pray you make it safely across and thanks for the video.
    I was actually there back in 1984 when the park was dedicated to Marilyn. As a matter of fact, Marilyn had her whole family there and it was a great day for us all. I am Marilyn's youngest daughter!

  • Posted by Sandra Bouchard, 08/08/2010 4:38pm (14 years ago)

    Congratulations on an amazing swim of over 7 hours in Lake Ontario. The threatening 2 metre waves may have stopped the swim but will not affect the drive to end polio. Great work Thie!
    God bless.
    Love Ma

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