Walk for Salk
We're elated that Step into Discovery Day exceeded our expectations! The Walk for Salk* was a huge success—we surpassed our Walk fundraising goal by almost $10,000! Despite a bit of gray weather, 700 walkers completed the route, and close to 800 visitors toured our campus. They enjoyed the offerings of our vendors and asked terrific questions at our Dynamic Brain, Healthy Aging, Cancer and Genomic Medicine booths. Our Education Outreach Program gave children the opportunity to plant seeds, draw brains and make double helixes out of pipe cleaners.
Finally, we want to especially thank our scientists, many of whom stayed long past their allotted time slots to answer questions from rapt visitors.
The Salk Institute was originally funded by the March of Dimes, so it was tremendously gratifying that the walk took place the day after the 58th anniversary of the public announcement of Jonas Salk's polio virus vaccine. We maintain our connection to survivors of this devastating disease in our online community Polio Today, which we invite you to read as a tribute to them. Every day, their optimism and tenacity inspires our work.
*We will be accepting donations until April 29, 2013.