Eastern Iowans on a mission of flight to end polio

Published: Jan. 5, 2020 at 7:16 PM CST
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Many people may not be aware, but Polio is still a disease that affects hundreds throughout the world every year.

Two Eastern Iowa men know that and are on a mission to eradicate the deadly disease.

Peter Teahen and John Ockenfels are Members of the International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians, and will soon be two of only 700 pilots in history to complete a rare mission, flying around the world.

The effort is called the “Flight to end polio.” Teahen and Ockenfels will be traveling to countries across the world to learn about the disease and to raise money to help with prevention and towards finding a cure.

They will be traveling in a single-engine plane throughout a two-month period.

They leave on March 24 and expect to return on May 13, 2020.

If people would like to donate to their cause, they can visit their website,

or their Facebook page.