When I started this blog, a little less than two years ago- I did so with the intention of helping women. I didn’t know exactly how I was going to accomplish that; I just knew that I needed to. I believed there was a reason why I’d experienced certain things in my life, I believed that if I shared those experiences with others, that someone-somewhere, might be find my posts helpful.
Fast forward to today. I am preparing to pack my suitcase and head off to Washington, DC. I will be attending the Shot@Life Champions Summit, as a 2013 Shot@Life Champion! “Shot@Life educates, connects and empowers Americans to champion vaccines as one of the most cost-effective ways to save the lives of children in developing countries. A national call to action for this global cause, the campaign rallies the American public, members of Congress, and civil society partners around the fact that together, we can save a child’s life every 20 seconds by expanding access to vaccines. By encouraging Americans to learn about, advocate for, and donate vaccines, the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign will decrease vaccine-preventable childhood deaths and give children a shot at a healthy life.”
What better way to help women than by making sure their children receive the life-saving vaccines they need? Children in other countries are dying from diseases like Polio, Measles, and Malaria…diseases that we have vaccines for. These deaths can be prevented. When was the last time you, as a parent, worried about your child contracting Polio? I know I have never worried about that. We are so fortunate to live in the US., where vaccines are readily available. Shot@Life goes to where the children are-whether it be in India or Africa, wherever children need vaccines, Shot@Life is there. They believe every child deserves a shot at life! So do I.
Did You Know?
1 in 5 children around the world does not have access to the vaccines they need to survive.
Around the world, a child dies every 20 seconds from a disease that can be prevented by a vaccine.
The number of children dying every year from preventable diseases in developing countries is nearly equivalent to half the children entering kindergarten in the U.S.!
I am a Shot@life Champion, and it’s all because I started writing a blog… a little less than two years ago. A blog that I hoped would help women. Because of my blog, and the networking I have done since starting it; I will now be able to help women in a way I had never imagined. Women on the other side of the world! I know God is behind this, only He could orchestrate something so beautiful!
While in DC., I will learn the skills I need to be an effective Champion, hear from experts, meet fellow Champions from across the country, and meet with members of Congress on Capitol Hill. You can follow along with the Summit on Twitter at #globalvax.
Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you don’t matter. You matter, we all matter! You are capable of doing great things! One person, can make a difference!