Florence StoneI have been a friend of Marlene Wookey for over forty years, and I believe that having polio when a child has made her more determined to achieve every possibility that life has afforded her.

She has bravely accepted everything. I think the only thing I haven’t seen her do is bungee jumping, and I am sure she would try that if the opportunity presented itself!

She has done things that not even I am game to attempt.

Being an artist and art teacher, I was thrilled when Marlene asked me to paint one of the plaster cast pieces.

My vision of polio is depicted in this piece, and I dedicate it to all the people who have been “touched” by this hideous disease.

It is about “A Lost Childhood” and their bravery to live a normal life – something I took for granted when I was a child.

Please click on the picture below to see more photographs and a video of Florence’s “Touched by Polio” art work

A Lost Childhood