1925 Nome, Alaska
Diptheria has hit the children of Nome very hard. So far, 5 children have died and many more are sick. The only serum to fight the disease is several hundred miles away, and with a huge storm brewing, a delivery by the new-fangled “aero-plane” is impossible.
The only choice is the old-fashioned way…..by sled.
Arriving home from a job, Leonhard Seppala (Willem Dafoe), and his team of dogs, lead by Togo, volunteered to go out into the storm to pick up the medicine.
After Seppala and Togo left, a belated plan was hatched to run a relay with multiple teams. Now the only problem was to find Seppala and Togo before they went too far.
Knowing that time was of essence, Seppala, was well on his way to getting the medicine while facing life-threatening danger the entire way. Ultimately, only Togo could lead the dogs and human through the storm. Good dog!
To see what happens, you will have to watch the movie. 🙂
“Togo” is another fantastic movie on Disney+.
With beautiful scenery and a great true story (with flashbacks to ease the tension of the race to the medicine), we learn that Togo and Seppala were the team who did the most work getting the serum back to Nome, while Balto got all the credit by virtue of him being on the last leg of the relay. In fact, at this Wikipedia page, we find out that Balto ran only about 50 miles while Togo ran well over 250 miles…..in the bulk of the storm…..and he was 12 years old!
If you love dogs, this is a must see. Oh, have tissue handy for the ending.
Go to IMDb for more information.
Drive Safe! Never Forget.