On a summer day in 1948, Dave Madden became the latest casualty of the polio epidemic sweeping the nation. Paralyzed from the neck down, he was taken to Saint Marys Hospital at Mayo Clinic, where he was placed in an “iron lung” to allow him to breathe. He remained there for the next 16 years.
The poliovirus permanently damaged Dave’s body, but his joy for life was untouched. His positive outlook inspired his fellow patients and won him many friends. Famous entertainers and athletes, politicians and royalty all dropped by his room to visit. He ran a TV rental business from his iron lung and appeared on the Today Show. But his greatest accomplishment was the sense of hope he gave to everyone he met.
A Cheerful Heart tells the story of this immensely likeable, unforgettable man whose strong faith, loving family and good heart helped him face the challenge of his illness with courage and cheer.
The film will be shown on every Mayo Clinic campus during Heritage Days (September 30 — October 4, 2013.) DVD copies of the film will be sold in Mayo-affiliated retail outlets beginning October 7.
Mayo Clinic Heritage Films produces original documentaries and dramatizations about key aspects of Mayo’s history. With the generous support of our benefactors, these award-winning films include cinematography of the highest quality; rare photos, movies and artifacts; and interviews with people who took part in historic events. Enjoy these preview clips and visit: http://store.mayoclinic.com/productList.cfm?mpc=6 to purchase the full-length DVD. Proceeds from the sale of each film support Mayo’s not-for-profit mission of excellence in patient care, research and education.