A Shot to Save the World

A Shot to Save the World

It was 1952, and polio had reached outbreak levels in America. There was no known cause, no cure, and no help in sight for parents desperate to protect their children. Our nation's hope was placed in a 33-year-old scientist, working from a basement lab in Pittsburgh. His name was Jonas Salk, and in just a few years, he would bring infantile paralysis to its knees and change the course of medical history. Travel back to a world gripped in fear and see how Dr. Salk, with his dedicated staff, a young charity, and a faithful nation, came together to conquer polio.

Summertime is Polio Season

In the 1930's and 40's, Americans dreaded summer because it was the start of polio season.

The Filmmakers Wish to Thank the Following Individuals for Their Extraordinary Support of the Film:

  • AUDREY HILLMAN FISHER
  • ROBERT HILL
  • ELSIE HILLMAN
  • SCOTT IZZO
  • MIKE WATSON

This Film Would Not Be Possible Without the Support of the Pittsburgh Polio Movie Pioneers:

  • CHARLES AND PATSY BURKE
  • DR. ELLEN FRANK
  • RANDY P. JUHL, PH.D.
  • CAROL AND DOUGLAS MACPHAIL
  • ROSALYN MARKOVITZ
  • DR. MARIAN MICHAELS
  • DR. MILTON AND MRS. LOIS MICHAELS
  • BILL AND KIKI MCCONNELL
  • KAMBRA MCCONNELL
  • CHARLIE AND LAUREN UHL
  • AUDREY HILLMAN FISHER FOUNDATION
  • COLCOM FOUNDATION
  • ELSIE H. HILLMAN FOUNDATION
  • FINE FOUNDATION
  • THE HIGHMARK FOUNDATION
  • JEWISH HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION
  • THE LAUREL FOUNDATION
  • THE R.K. MELLON FOUNDATION
  • UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

Very Special Thanks to The March of Dimes:

  • DEBORAH L. ACKLIN
  • KATE AMEND
  • JED DANNENBAUM, PH.D.
  • RICHARD FISCHOFF
  • CLIFFORD V. JOHNSON, PH.D.
  • RANDY P. JUHL, PH.D.
  • LINDA GOLDSTEIN KNOWLTON
  • LYNNE LITTMAN
  • DOE MAYER
  • MIRIAM PAULETTE MEISLIK
  • GEORGE L. MILES, JR.
  • MARK A. NORDENBERG
  • MARY ANN PAPALE
  • CHARLES J. QUEENAN, JR.
  • RAYMOND B. WHITE

The Filmmakers Also Wish To Thank:

  • DAVID BARTHOLOMAE
  • SANDY BAYUS
  • GREGG BEHR
  • SCOTT BERGSTEIN
  • BIG PLANET MUSIC
  • BILL AND MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION
  • REBECCA BORN
  • JONATHAN BRELSFORD
  • STEPHANIE BRICKING
  • DR. WILLIAM BRODY
  • SUSAN BROWNLEE
  • SHARI BRUCE
  • CHIP BURKE
  • PAUL BYERS
  • LYNDA CLAASSEN
  • PETER COLETTA
  • CHRISTINA CONNOVER
  • JOHN COOPER
  • NATHAN CORNETT
  • MELISSA COVELLI
  • WILLIAM D. CAUGHLIN
  • JOHN DELLAVERSON
  • DARLENE DIBENEDETTO
  • JIM DISPIRITO
  • LYNN E. EATON
  • SKIP ELSHEIMER
  • FALK LABORATORY SCHOOL
  • KAREN WOLK FEINSTEIN, PH.D.
  • LUCY FISCHER
  • LAURA FISHER
  • BILL FLANAGAN
  • JENNIFER FLORIAN
  • SHAWN FOX
  • LISA A. FRANKOVITCH
  • MICHELLE FRIES
  • KHARIN GILBERT
  • KIM CHESTNEY HARVEY
  • TAL HEPPENSTAHL
  • JOHN F. ROHE
  • DAVID ROMOFF
  • JEFFREY ROMOFF
  • DAVID ROSE
  • LISA ROSSI
  • CHRISTOPHER J. RUTTY, PH.D.
  • RACHEL SALIS-SILVERMAN
  • ALICIA SCHISLER
  • JOE SEAMANS
  • WENDY SHAY
  • JOYCE SIMILE
  • LYNN J. SNYDERMAN
  • SHEILA SPALDING
  • CATHY STEINITZ
  • WILLIAM STRICKLAND, JR.
  • DR. MERVIN STEWART
  • JON HILL
  • LAURA HILLOCK
  • WILLIAM ISLER
  • KAREN JANIA
  • FREDRICK JOHNSON
  • COLLEEN KALCHTHALER
  • ELLEN WEISS KANDER
  • RUTH KAPELUS
  • ANDY KELEMAN
  • JOHN KIRCH
  • GLORIA KREPS
  • RYAN KRUMM
  • LISA KUZMA
  • CHRISTOPHER LACEY
  • DAVID LASSMAN
  • ANNE LEWIS
  • TINSY LIPCHAK
  • JIM MAHER
  • MARGUERITE JARRETT MARKS
  • ROSEMARY MARTINELLI
  • ANDY MASICH
  • KRISTINE MASTA
  • SUSAN MAZUR
  • DR. KENNETH R. MELANI
  • LESLIE MERRILL MCCOMBS
  • MARGARET C. MCDONALD, PH.D.
  • ANN MCGUINN
  • KEVIN MCMAHON
  • BEVERLY MORROW-JONES
  • MALGOSIA MYC
  • DENISE NORRIS
  • DR. BONNIE L. OFFIT
  • DONNA M. PANAZZI
  • ROBERT PETRILLI
  • MARC POLLOCK
  • AVIVA RADBORD
  • MARK RENOVITCH
  • ED RIDER
  • DAVID K. ROGER
  • ANDREW SWENSEN
  • JACQUI THOMAS
  • SUSAN TREBACH
  • JOHN TWYNING
  • FRANK VITALE
  • JAMIE WARDEN
  • SUSAN L. WHITNEY, PH.D.
  • PATTY WALKER
  • JONATHAN WAYNE
  • JOE WRIGHT
  • GAIL YASUNAGA
  • LAUREN ZABELSKI
  • GEORGE ZAVER
  • LAURA JOANNE ZECCARDI
  • NANCY D. ZIONTS
  • UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH DEPARTMENT OF FILM STUDIES
  • UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICAL THERAPY
  • UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH MEDICAL CENTER MEDIA RELATIONS DEPARTMENT