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82 – Leonhard, Togo, & The Great Race of Mercy Part II: The 1925 Serum Run to Nome

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This week we’re concluding the story of Leonhard Seppala, Togo, and the 1925 serum run to Nome with the story of the actual serum Run to Nome, Alaska. As Dr. Curtis Welch realizes Nome is completely unprepared for the epidemic of diphtheria, the town goes into hard quarantine, which is already entirely too late. A batch of antitoxin is found in Anchorage Alaska and is shipped by rail to Nenana, 674 miles east of Nome across the the Alaskan interior. From there a relay of the most hardboiled men and dogs who ever lived race against time, blizzards, and the coldest winter in 20 years to deliver the serum to Nome.


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