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Sep 27, 2012 6:00 PM by Lauren Molenburg

Gates hopes polio will be eradicated by 2018

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Software magnate and philanthropist Bill Gates, who is helping to spearhead a global campaign to eradicate polio, says he hopes that by 2015 no child in the world will be paralyzed by the disease and by 2018 polio will be wiped out.

Gates said in an interview Thursday that there are only three countries where the polio virus has not been stopped - Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.

The Microsoft founder spoke ahead of a high-level meeting on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly to launch the campaign to stamp out polio forever.

"We're hopeful that by 2015 no more children will be paralyzed ... and then by 2018 we'd have the certification that this, like smallpox, is now the second disease to be eradicated," Gates said.


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Falcon school fights to save student's life

FALCON- Aden Knar, a third grade student at Falcon Virtual Academy, is in need of a life-saving bone marrow transplant. His school, Falcon Virtual Academy, will host a bone marrow donor drive tomorrow to help find a match Aden. Knar, 10, was diagnosed at age 4 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and entered remission in 2008. In November 2013, the Knar family learned that the leukemia had returned, and is now isolated in his bone marrow. In an outreach of support, Falcon Virtual Academy hosted a bone marrow donor drive in January, and will be hosting another tomorrow from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 6113 Constitution Ave., directly west of Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. "We wanted to reach out to the family again," said Jodi Fletcher, assistant principal. Fletcher explained that more than 250 people participated in the January drive, and she hopes to have similar numbers April 19. The money from a bake sale at the drive, and a portion of the proceeds raised from a spring formal...

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