I took my two month-old in for his shots today and I nearly cried. OK, I know that’s not surprising news for anyone. I don’t know anyone who looks forward to taking their babies in for shots. At least I didn’t think I did. That changed last weekend, and that’s the real reason I almost cried today.
Last weekend I was lucky enough to attend the EVO Conference, where I learned about the United Nation’s Foundation, Shot@Life campaign. This organization works to bring vaccines to developing countries in an effort to end childhood deaths due to preventable diseases. Diseases that take a child’s life every 20 seconds. That’s 1.5 million children every year.
Vaccinations can be a hot topic here in America. That’s because we have the luxury of choice. In too many parts of this world, parents don’t get the opportunity to make that choice. And their children are dying.
I’ve heard stories of mothers’ whose hearts “break into little pieces” when their children die of these preventable diseases, and my heart breaks right along with them. But perhaps the most haunting story is that of the doctor in Sudan who reported that many mothers there no longer cry when their babies die. It’s something they’ve come to expect. They expect their children to die from diseases I hardly give a second thought to, simply because of where I live and my access to healthcare.
That’s the real reason my eyes welled up today. Because I finally realized there were mothers around the world who would walk miles to get these shots for their children. If only they had the access. That’s where Shot@Life comes in.
Shot@Life is working to bring awareness and funding to the issue of vaccine-preventable disease and the children whose lives are being cut painfully short. Here’s a short video they shared at the conference (I almost cried then too. C’mon, I just had a baby — I’m allowed to be a hormonal mess.) :
It takes only $20 to give one of these children a lifetime of immunizations. To give them a fair shot at life.
So how can you help?
You can even make a donation using someone else’s money. That doesn’t sound right, does it? Well, as a part of Shot@Life’s Blogust campaign, committed donors will make a $20 donation for every original comment made during the blog relay. You can get all the details here. Essentially, you read, you comment, and a donation will be made that will save a child’s life.
Let’s come together to make a difference. Let’s give mothers and fathers the choices we take for granted. Let’s give children a shot at life.