In the winter of 1925 unusually heavy snowstorms left Nome, Alaska cut off from the outside world. To add to the townspeople's distress, diphtheria struck. The authorities realized that the only way to reach the stricken town with lifegiving serum was by relays of dog teams across 1,000 kilometers of icy terrain. With Balto in the lead, Norweigan sled-driver Gunnar Kaasen, they set off in a blizzard that completely obliterated the trail they were following. Unerringly, however, Balto led the way, and the vital serum reached Nome in time to save the population from impending death.
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