Please consider a contribution to help end polio forever. We can't do it without you. Donation levels for our flight are:

  • Wingman:  
    $5,000 or greater


  • Commander:  $750 - $4,999

  • Captain:  $300 - $749

  • Co-Pilot:  $25 - $299

Click here to visit our donation page and remember, for each dollar you contribute, the Gates Foundation will match your donation 2:1. 


The primary focus of this flight is to bring awareness to the suffering caused by the highly infectious polio virus and to raise funds to help eradicate polio around the world. We are grateful for the efforts and leadership provided by the Rotary Foundation and the 2:1 match by The Bill Gates Foundation.

We ask you to donate NOW to the Rotary Foundation and help us end polio.  Your donation, regardless of size, can make all the difference in the world. With the generous pledge by The Bill Gates Foundation your donation will be increased $2.00 for every $1.00 you donate.

When flying over water, we will take the safety precautions of wearing immersion suits and packing a four man raft with emergency supplies, satellite phones and personal tracking devices.

We are mindful that this trip is something experienced by very few in the history of flight.  This will not be an easy mission. We are dependent on only one engine for the duration of the trip over some of the most rugged terrain in the world. Some of the longest flight legs are ten hours long! One of the longest legs is entirely over the North Atlantic - St. John, Newfoundland to Santa Maria Azores, Portugal.

We invite you to follow our flight live (with a five minute delay) on our website and watch our flight videos that we will post throughout the flight.

All of our flight plans are subject to the function of the plane, weather, and political unrest.
We will have handlers to help us throughout our flight - people to meet us at airports, help us procure fuel, and assist in translation. At each stop, we plan to meet with other Rotarians as well as locals to spread the word about ending polio forever.

We will do everything we can to spread the message about 
eradicating polio. Please join us
in our flight by donating NOW to the Rotary Foundation.  Show your support and join the Flight to End Polio.

Check back for updates on our flight before departure and during the flight! 



John Luckstead

Andy & Kathy Ockenfels

John & Deb Ockenfels

Herb & Janice Wilson



Helen Arnold

Armando Barreira

John Buchanan

Willis Bywater

Steve Dakin

Fernando Duarte

Bruce Dunbar

Catherine Hivet

Meredith Karns

Meardon, Sueppel & Downer, PLC

Erna Morain 

Dana Nichols

Kris Ockenfels

Charles Rohde

Rotary Club Almeirim, Portugal

Rotary Club Lisboa International, Portugal

Mark Ruggeberg and

Bob Brooks

Sunrise Rotary Club, Galesburg, Illinois

Martine Tournade de la Fontaine

Community Foundation for Pete Wallace

Gary Wicklund

LaDonna Wicklund


Al Bonney

John Bryant

David Bullamore

Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines

Donald Flannery

Fundação Rotária

Cheryl Holt

Larry Iversen

Jet Air, Inc.

Kimberly and Larry Kudej

Naomi A. Law

Jorge Lucas Coelho

Russell V. Michaletz

Scott and Penny Olson

Norman Rahe

Barbara Randall

Ann Romanowski

Rotary Club Cascais-Estoril, Portugal

Rotary Club of East Bremerton, Washington

Rotary Club Lisboa Benfica, Portugal

Rotary Club Newton, Iowa

Rotary Club Ponta Delgada, Portugal

Sunrise Rotary Club St. Augustine, Florida

Sunrise Rotary Club West Bend, Wisconsin

Donald & Wilma Sanders

Audrey Savage

Hazel Seaba

Norm Van Klopenburg

Dean Wuebker

Joe Zachar, Jr.

Brian Adamec

S. Anderson

Jacquelynn Andrew

José Pedro Antunes Salgado

Amílcar Barata Salgueiro

Daniel J. Beadle

Rose Mary Beadle

Elizabeth Belding

Linda Bolton

Laurie Brandenburg

Marcia Bullis

Mary Burback

Teresa Burns

Paul Cameron Jr.

Jeff and Amber Capps

Lisa Cash Wiese

Jeanne Conlon

Casey Cook

Julie L. Coppock

José Carlos da Costa Álvares Rosmaninho

Bernard & Cherie Cremers

Douglass Deardorff

Mark Dimke

Peterson Douglas

Deb Dunkhase

Deb Galbraith

RuthSuzanne Gibson

Richard Goldschmidt

Charles B. Green

Arnie Haider

Nicole Harmer

Reinier Hesselink

Dorothy Hinman

Benjamin S. Horton

Douglas J. Horton

Dwight Hughes

Julie Johnson

Nan Johnson

Kevin Kacere

Pam Kalkhoff

Steve Keifer

Dennis Keitel

John B. Kennedy

James Klein

Chris Knapp

Vernette Knapp

Ken Kolek

Patti Kunz

Brenda & Wes LaMarche

Steven & Karen Laughlin

Donald LeBlanc

Bruce Lindholm

Elizabeth Loeb

Pamela Malloy

LeRoy Mann

Luís Manuel Araújo

Aaron Marshall

Nicole Maul

Roxane McCrane

Amanda McFadden

Larry McGee

Donald & Kristine Meyer

Judy Meyer

Tara Minetos

Roxanne Mitchell

Monticello, Iowa Rotary Club

Tom Narak

Christa Nelson

Amy Nicholson

Kenneth R. Noble

James E. Olson

Nancy Pacha

Rebecca Patterson

Mark S. Patton

David Poorvu

Steven Quigley

Dick Rasmussen

Sue Rasmussen

Miguel Marco Real Mendes

Lance Renfroe

Shawn Rhinehart

Roy E. Robertson

Rotary Club de Faro, Portugal

Rotary Club Lisboa Olivais, Portugal

Rotary Club Portela, Portugal

Vilia Sauerberg

Joel Schmidt

Judy Schneiderman

David Shragal

Mark Stanley

Louis Stepanek

Sharon Stepanek

Nancy Steyers

Camilla M. Streuter

VL Struzynski Olson

Julie Summa

Matthew Teply

Barb Thomas

Amanda Ueltschy

Rui Vidal Matoso

Gary Wagner

Carolyn Wanat

Eric Weiler

Jeanne L. West

Stephen West

Stanley White

Wiese Construction

Keith Williams

Herbert Wilson

Margaret Winkler

Connie Wisnousky

Laurel Worden



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Thanks to the vaccine, polio has been eliminated in the U.S. for over 30 years. But the debilitating effects of polio still impact so many individuals and families.

Will you share with us how polio has affected your life? Please email us at with your story. We will be compiling these stories to bring along on our flight as a reminder of why we are taking on this endeavor. Until polio is gone forever, a resurgence is only one flight away.

You may provide us with your story anonymously or feel free to include names, photos and contact information. This information will only be shared with the pilots, John and Peter.

Click here to read Lisa's personal story. Thank you for sharing with us, Lisa.

Bill Bywater of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Club tells us his memory of the impact of polio on the community of Iowa City, Iowa during the 1940s - click the play button to listen. Thanks for this information, Bill.

In the video below, Robert and AnnMarie Ketron share their story and discuss how Robert's brother's polio diagnosis impacted their family. Thank you for this, Robert and AnnMarie!

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Don't see your name listed? Please email us at

Ending Polio is Only a Flight Away!