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Red, Kleiner, brady
Transcript of Red, Kleiner, brady
But Wilma kept moving any way she could. By hopping on one foot, she could get herself around the house, to the outhouse in the backyard, and even, on Sundays, to church
When Wilma wanted something, she didn't let anything stop her. Although she couldn't walk on her left leg, she did whatever she had to to get where she wanted to go. That's determination.
Character trait #2
Standing alone, the sound of hymns coloring the air, she unbuckled her heavy brace and set it by the church's front door
." This was a bold move for Wilma. Everyone in the community was there to see her walk without her brace for the first time. It was risky; she could have easily fallen in front of everyone, but she was willing to take the risk. She was a bold girl.
Ever since the day she had walked down the aisle at church, Wilma had known the power of concentration. Now, legs pumping, she put her mind to work. In a final, electrifying burst of speed, she pulled ahead
When Wilma Rudolph had a goal, she was always able to block out distractions in order achieve it. She could get past pain, stress, and her own mistakes to overcome obstacles and reach her goal successfully. She focused and did what she had to do.
Outside research: Polio
• Poliomyelitis, often called polio or infantile paralysis, is an acute, viral, infectious disease, which can be spread from person to person.
• Surprisingly, 90% of polio infections actually cause no symptoms at all!
• In 1% of cases, the infection enters the central nervous system, and can cause muscle weakness or paralysis.
• 3 types of polio:
o Spinal polio (most common) causes paralysis that usually involves the legs, although it’s “asymmetric” (meaning that it may affect one leg, but not the other)
o Bulbar polio – leads to weakness in muscles that are stimulated by cranial nerves
o Bulbospinal polio – a combination of spinal & bulbar polio.
• Symptoms of polio may include:
o Fever, sore throat, headache, vomiting, fatigue, back pain or stiffness, neck pain or stiffness, pain or stiffness in the arms or legs, muscle weakness or tenderness
• Polio was named as a “distinct condition” by Jakob Heine in 1840, but the poliovirus was discovered by Karl Landsteiner in 1908, although it had existed for thousands of years.
• The polio vaccine was created in the 1950s.
Summary of Wilma's Life
Wilma Rudolph was born in Clarksville, Tennessee in 1940. She grew up in a time of segregation where African Americans, like herself, were not granted the same freedoms as white Americans. She faced other difficulties as a child as well: as one of 22 children, money was tight, which made life even more difficult. At the age of 5, Wilma was diagnosed with polio. The disease caused her to struggle with movement in her left leg, and she had to wear a brace. Through hard-work and determination, Wilma overcame her polio. She attended an all-black high school where she was the star basketball player. After high school, Wilma was recruited to run track and field at Tennessee State University. She was the first member of her family to attend college. After college, Wilma earned a spot on the women's track team at the 1960 Rome, Italy Olympics. At the Games, Wilma took home three gold medals, making her the first American woman to bring home that many medals in a single Olympics.
Character trait #3