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every child deserves a @ShotAtLife with the UN Foundation’s blog relay

This post is inspired by Shot@Life, an initiative of the United Nations Foundation that educates, connects and empowers the championing of vaccines as one of the most cost-effective ways to save the lives of children in developing countries. 

In 2006 I laid on the floor of my bedroom and cried in the unbearable fear of knowing my child had cancer. I sobbed for her body and I wept for my family. I was devastated to hear these words used in association with my baby. I cries for a thousand reasons.

I never cried because my child wouldn’t get medicine.

It took her hair. It made her vomit. It saved her life.

Three years out of chemotherapy, starting third grade, that same child has been blessed by the healing that medicine gave her.

What if I’d cried because I’d know there was no medicine option?

Do you even realize that pneumonia and diarrhea are the two biggest killers of children under five. These two illnesses make up 1/3 of of childhood deaths worldwide.

Why is this your fault? It’s not.

Is it your responsibility? Maybe.

 Can you do something simple to help a child in need? YES!!

For EVERY COMMENT LEFT HERE, $20 WILL BE DONATED TO SHOT@LIFE.

What does that mean?

$20 is is a night at the movies with popcorn. $20 is a novel and cup of coffee at your favorite bookstore.

$20 is what it costs for one child to receive life-saving vaccines: measles, pneumonia, diarrhea and polio; preventable diseases like these take the life of a child every 20 seconds.

You leave a comment = $20 is donated to vaccinate a child

During Shot@Life’s Blogust: Blog Relay for Good, 31 bloggers, one each day in August, are writing about people from our communities who have inspired us. Every comment on this post and the 30 other posts will be matched with a $20 donation (up to a maximum of $200,000). That’s 10,000 comments. And 10,000 children. $20 is what it costs to give one child four life-saving vaccines to help protect them against measles, pneumonia, diarrhea and polio. A child dies every 20 seconds from a vaccine preventable disease. We can help stop this.

I’m supposed to talk about a person who inspired me through comments. It’s impossible to choose just one. The friends and family who have left comments during Peyton’s cancer, then through my strokes and are following the recovery are my lifeline. Their words kept me sane some days.

Some days those words were the only positives I heard. They were the support Peter needed.

Maybe it’s a cheat but it’s true. EVERY COMMENT has been important.

I don’t have a comment-heavy blog but I’m asking readers to stop lurking and give these children the vaccines they so badly need. You can give by leaving your comment and spreading the word.

In this blog relay, I took the baton from Elena Sonnino who posted on Tuesday and I will pass it on to Liz Thompson who will post on Thursday. Both lovely ladies have so much heart for this mission and with their help and your comment we’re going to make that goal.

THANKS!

You can learn more about Shot@Life by joining their email list, following them on twitter or liking them on Facebook.

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348 Responses to every child deserves a @ShotAtLife with the UN Foundation’s blog relay

  1. AshlyAnn August 15, 2012 at 6:19 PM #

    It is so easy to forget sometimes just how many ways we are blessed. If only we could solve more and do more just by leaving comments on blogs.

  2. Alexandra August 15, 2012 at 6:17 PM #

    So happy to spread the word, Anissa. Vaccinations are important around the world, and many many children can reach adulthood through this preventive measure.

    Thanks for allowing us the honor of helping in any way we can, A.

  3. Yemmie August 15, 2012 at 5:48 PM #

    Its a pity that I come from a country that is regarded as a “Third World” and yet our leaders make away with public funds that runs into billions of dollars, starched away in Swiss Banks and yet the citizens are dying from sickness and diseases that are easily preventable with such an insignificant amount. People like you all are giving hopes to millions in developing countries that have no voice. Keep doing what you do.

  4. Aisha August 15, 2012 at 5:48 PM #

    This is a wonderful cause to contribute towards. Thank you for this initiative and good luck in your endeavors.

  5. Diana August 15, 2012 at 5:09 PM #

    My goodness, your girl is getting so big! Here’s to medicine!

    Diana´s last post…Little Things: For Perspective

  6. Diana August 15, 2012 at 5:08 PM #

    My goodnes

    Diana´s last post…Everyday Beauty: Elderberry Blossoms

  7. Vincent August 15, 2012 at 5:02 PM #

    Yep..I’m happy to do what I can :)

  8. Amelia August 15, 2012 at 4:52 PM #

    Beautiful beautiful post, thank you for writing it.

  9. Mic August 15, 2012 at 4:44 PM #

    Commenting :)

  10. Stephanie August 15, 2012 at 4:37 PM #

    Thank you for sharing your story. Having medicine available is so important.

  11. carmel mac August 15, 2012 at 4:33 PM #

    What a great sight – seeing a photo of your now healthy daughter looking so happy and healthy! Thank you so much for your moving comments, and hope we can motivate a lot of shots for children with your inspirational blog. Go out out into the sunshine and hug your beautiful daughter!

  12. Brantli August 15, 2012 at 4:23 PM #

    Thanks for sharing… I work with infants and they hold a special place in my heart.

  13. Liz August 15, 2012 at 4:21 PM #

    You are a true inspiration, my friend.

    Liz´s last post…My Kids Think I’m a Stupid Momblogger, I Prefer the Term "Family Chronicler"!

  14. Jeannette August 15, 2012 at 4:00 PM #

    Thanks for sharing such a personal point of view. This is such a great cause. I admire you so much. We spoke briefly at Blissdom, I don’t know if you remember me. May we continue to help other children with Blogust!

    Jeannette´s last post…How To Survive Back to School Shopping Without Losing Your Sanity

  15. Suniverse August 15, 2012 at 3:54 PM #

    I have family in other countries and it makes me mental to think that there may not always be medicine available.

  16. Lisa August 15, 2012 at 3:52 PM #

    its a great cause, thanks for supporting it.

  17. Benjamin August 15, 2012 at 3:46 PM #

    What a fantastic initiative, this is a wonderful way to help the less privileged to receive medicines that many of us take for granted.
    To everyone who has been touched by seeing a defenceless child suffering make sure you pass this on, don’t just stop at a single post – urge others to visit as well.

  18. hc August 15, 2012 at 3:45 PM #

    Thanks for sharing your story and supporting this cause, every child should have access to vaccines

  19. IzzyMom August 15, 2012 at 3:34 PM #

    It’s shameful that any child should die of any illness that has a vaccine available. Thank you for letting your commenters help.

    IzzyMom´s last post…A Party for the People and You’re ALL Invited!

  20. Paul Rainmaker August 15, 2012 at 3:31 PM #

    Amazing Grace,
    How sweet the sound

  21. Lisa Mingrone August 15, 2012 at 3:31 PM #

    This is amazing and awe inspiring! Go mama!!!

  22. Krystal August 15, 2012 at 3:29 PM #

    Awesome blog post and Shot@Life sounds like an amazing organization.

  23. Margreet August 15, 2012 at 3:25 PM #

    I care!

  24. Chunky Mama August 15, 2012 at 3:21 PM #

    Count me in!
    Your daughter is just gorgeous. :)

  25. Renuka August 15, 2012 at 3:13 PM #

    A great blog post and a wonderful initiative!

  26. Maria August 15, 2012 at 3:09 PM #

    Thank you for sharing Anissa! I hope others are inspired by your positivity and leave comments, too :)

    Maria´s last post…Supermoon Miami

  27. Fiona August 15, 2012 at 3:09 PM #

    Medicine can both heal and prevent but it can’t do either if those in need can’t access it.

  28. Apryl's Antics August 15, 2012 at 3:08 PM #

    What a great cause! Thanks for putting it on my radar.

  29. Keri August 15, 2012 at 3:02 PM #

    This may be my first blog comment anywhere, ever. I can’t think of a better reason to do it now!

  30. Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? August 15, 2012 at 2:58 PM #

    Boom. $20. Go get ‘em!

    Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious?´s last post…Kindergarten: Prepared for the first day | WW

  31. Akbar August 15, 2012 at 2:55 PM #

    Comment.

  32. The Domestic Goddss August 15, 2012 at 2:55 PM #

    YOu are the bestest. Just sayin’.

    The Domestic Goddss´s last post…Yes, Virginia, People DO Tell Lies on the Internet!

  33. Jenny Lu August 15, 2012 at 2:50 PM #

    Great post! Thank you for supporting Shot@Life

  34. T Arthur August 15, 2012 at 2:48 PM #

    Such a great cause and way to raise funds.

  35. Shawn August 15, 2012 at 2:46 PM #

    This is great. Kudos to the donor.

  36. Meg August 15, 2012 at 2:43 PM #

    By small and simple things will great things come to pass.

  37. Catazameil August 15, 2012 at 2:40 PM #

    Thank you for sharing you story and for taking action. I hope lives will be saved. Great initiative!

  38. Jen August 15, 2012 at 2:39 PM #

    Inspiring and touching….all to touch the lives of kids! Thanks!

    Jen´s last post…Enjoying S’more Summer Fun – Mosquitos and All

  39. Cathy Johnson August 15, 2012 at 2:38 PM #

    Thank you for sharing your story! I’m so glad your daughter is healthy. Everyone deserves access to medicine and a shot@life!

  40. Angela August 15, 2012 at 2:37 PM #

    Great post and great cause!

    Angela´s last post…Spirituality May Help to Heal Chronic Illness/Stress

  41. Candi Crain August 15, 2012 at 2:35 PM #

    Inspiration is the key to making a difference in this world. I have been inspired!

  42. Pauline August 15, 2012 at 2:28 PM #

    Thanks!!!

  43. Chris August 15, 2012 at 2:22 PM #

    You are the awesome in my sauce! Your story is an inspiration to those who feel like they can’t go on and you should be incredibly proud of the way you handle yourself! Great initiative by Shot@Life too! Good Luck with your comments!

  44. Allison Dearstyne August 15, 2012 at 2:18 PM #

    Thank you for sharing your sweet daughter’s story. It is hard to believe that something as treatable as diarrhea is still a major cause of death among little ones.

  45. Jelli August 15, 2012 at 2:18 PM #

    Everyone deserves a great start ;) vaccines for all

  46. Lydia August 15, 2012 at 2:15 PM #

    What a great Idea, thank you for having the possibility of doing this :-)

  47. Megan August 15, 2012 at 2:14 PM #

    Commenting! xo

    Megan´s last post…How I Lost Control

  48. erin margolin August 15, 2012 at 2:14 PM #

    Thank you for sharing this with us, Anissa. What a gift. And precious Peyton. And YOU. you are a gift to me. You make me think about things.

    xoxoxo

  49. Arbine August 15, 2012 at 2:11 PM #

    Here’s hoping you get a tons more comments! :)

  50. Jami August 15, 2012 at 2:10 PM #

    Great cause! Best wishes!

  51. Sohaib Khalid August 15, 2012 at 2:10 PM #

    In the hope that this deed will help

  52. Aditi Daga August 15, 2012 at 2:05 PM #

    A fantastic cause, and such a wonderful way of getting thousands involved! Thank you donors for making such a big difference to their lives. The world needs more people like you.

  53. Susan Haupt August 15, 2012 at 2:02 PM #

    Let’s all help get all kids the vaccinations they need for a healthy life

  54. Louise laub ussing August 15, 2012 at 2:02 PM #

    Thanks!!!

  55. Pamela Gold August 15, 2012 at 2:02 PM #

    I’m pro-vaccination all the way. I’m very happy to know that this little comment will vaccinate a child, and maybe even save a life.

    Pamela Gold´s last post…Revisiting the {Dark} Past

  56. The Nanny August 15, 2012 at 1:52 PM #

    Delurking to say thank you for doing this!

  57. Ann August 15, 2012 at 1:49 PM #

    good luck in reaching your goal!

  58. Cassie August 15, 2012 at 1:43 PM #

    Delurking to get my comment on here, maybe save some babies…

  59. Kay August 15, 2012 at 1:38 PM #

    Comment, for a great cause.

  60. Mallory August 15, 2012 at 1:33 PM #

    I really hope this helps. If not I will find a way to donate a real 20 bill. If so you all are amazing people for doing what you do everyday to make our world stronger.

  61. Elaine August 15, 2012 at 1:31 PM #

    You and your family have such courage. So glad to see your daughter doing well. Sending lots of love to you and your family. Be well. xoxoxo

  62. Dineshri August 15, 2012 at 1:25 PM #

    Awesome work you guys are doing. Glad to have ppl who care enough to make a difference. Thank you

  63. Erin August 15, 2012 at 1:24 PM #

    This is great, thanks for doing this!

  64. Erin August 15, 2012 at 1:24 PM #

    Thanks for sharing your story

  65. Melanie August 15, 2012 at 1:22 PM #

    Wow–what a powerful and moving story! I can relate as a two-time cancer survivor. The second time I was diagnosed, I cried for joy that it was I and not my precious son (then eighteen) whom cancer had struck. I couldn’t imagine dealing with my baby, even at that age, having cancer. My heart goes out to you.

    Like your daughter, I had access to all the care I needed. My first diagnosis was in November of 1996, when my son was only nine years old. I didn’t know then if I would live to see him graduate from elementary school. By God’s grace, I saw him graduate five times since that first diagnosis–from elementary school, middle school, high school, university, and in May of last year law school! May you too someday know the joy of seeing your baby become a successful and happy adult; there’s nothing like it!

  66. William Palmer August 15, 2012 at 1:22 PM #

    Keep the comments coming !

  67. Cheryl August 15, 2012 at 1:22 PM #

    What a wonderful thing and an inspiring post.

  68. yael lenkinski August 15, 2012 at 1:20 PM #

    By far the most important mission of our lives is to save starving and sick children because they are the future of this planet. Keep the good work.

  69. Mike Taylor August 15, 2012 at 1:17 PM #

    Unfortunetly it’s a Money World hence All these wars and alike, mind so Good to see Money going to some Good use in helping these much deserved children an alike, Well-Done to You All with this cause

  70. Unknown Mami August 15, 2012 at 1:17 PM #

    This is a fantastic cause. Thank you for sharing your story and with it helping others. I’ve never been happier to leave a comment.

    Unknown Mami´s last post…DIY Art

    • jackie August 15, 2012 at 3:29 PM #

      So thankful for organizations such as these!!!

  71. Barbara August 15, 2012 at 1:16 PM #

    Not too long ago, I sat in the hospital with my husband who was scarily ill and facing emergency surgery. Never once did I doubt that he would receive the best care possible, all the medication he needed, and that he would come home to me and our girls. I can not imagine knowing that we could not afford to care for him and that he would be lost to us for something so treatable. I am honoured to be part of something that will bring hope to so many other families. Thanks for sharing your stories and helping to bring hope.

  72. Alejandra Munoz-Hetler August 15, 2012 at 1:16 PM #

    Best Wishes!

  73. Marie August 15, 2012 at 1:10 PM #

    Thank you for sharing your story and for participating in a great cause!

  74. David August 15, 2012 at 1:06 PM #

    A wonderful cause. Best wishes.

  75. Jennifer Smith August 15, 2012 at 1:05 PM #

    Such a great cause!!

  76. ememby August 15, 2012 at 1:04 PM #

    Because one comment does matter!

    ememby´s last post…Sisters-in-love, x2

  77. Jenn August 15, 2012 at 1:04 PM #

    Adding my support for this initiative!

  78. Julie Marsh August 15, 2012 at 1:00 PM #

    Anissa, I’ve long been inspired and awed by your positivity. Through the trials you and your family have endured, you’ve done so much to make others feel good. I love your generosity of spirit, and it’s an honor to be part of this relay with you.

    Julie Marsh´s last post…Bright yellow scrambled egg teachers

  79. Damimola August 15, 2012 at 12:57 PM #

    As I’m writing this I’m in an hospital been attended to. And now I realise that there is so much we can do to keep ourselves healthy. But others can’t, not because they don’t want to, but because life is too much a struggle for them to.
    Too many children will not enjoy life’s precious gifts because they are struck down by deadly but easily preventable diseases. I want to give a big ups to organisations who fight daily to face down these diseases, Rotary International, Bill Gates Foundation and they millions of men who are willing to leave the comfort of their homes to make a difference in this world. You are the true heros. And in the words of an Irish prayer:
    May your road rise up to meet you,
    May the wind always be at your back,
    May the sun shine warm upon your face, and
    May God hold you in the palm of His hands.

  80. madde August 15, 2012 at 12:54 PM #

    This is so beautiful, I Can’t believe there isn’t more comments here!

  81. María Rosa August 15, 2012 at 12:54 PM #

    Thank you for doing this!

  82. Roy August 15, 2012 at 12:54 PM #

    Thank you for sharing this. It is important to get this message out.

  83. Babatunde, Oladayo Joel August 15, 2012 at 12:53 PM #

    Yes, every child deserves the right to the right vaccines at the right time for a better and healthy future.

  84. Mimi August 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM #

    What a wonderful gift. Thank you to the donor(s) for making this possible.

  85. ... August 15, 2012 at 12:50 PM #

  86. Jen W August 15, 2012 at 12:43 PM #

    Happy to help!

  87. Dawn Tucker August 15, 2012 at 12:35 PM #

    Ok, who’s for leaving a second comment. Come on lets reach the target and help save 10,000 kiddies lives – should be the easiest decision you’ve had to make in a long while!

  88. Matheus Chiste August 15, 2012 at 12:34 PM #

    Let’s comment to help!!

  89. Jez August 15, 2012 at 12:30 PM #

    Glad to be able to help support such a great cause!

  90. erica hale August 15, 2012 at 12:27 PM #

    What a great cause….praying for thousands of comments!

  91. Sajeev C August 15, 2012 at 12:26 PM #

    i’m ready to leave 1000s of comments…

  92. Emmanuel Vences August 15, 2012 at 12:26 PM #

    historias como esta hacen que recupere mi fe en la humanidad

  93. Lauren August 15, 2012 at 12:23 PM #

    I’m here to do my part :D

  94. Talida August 15, 2012 at 12:23 PM #

    Thank-you for your wonderful initiative

  95. Steph August 15, 2012 at 12:23 PM #

    Adding my support! This is an amazing project, and I’m proud to help.

  96. Jaco August 15, 2012 at 12:22 PM #

    This is an incredibly good cause! Keep up with this good work!

  97. bhoyo August 15, 2012 at 12:21 PM #

    My nephew has cancer she is beautiful because of ppl like you who donates every cent to help lives like my nephew

  98. Tamara August 15, 2012 at 12:21 PM #

    I’m sorry for what you and your kid and your family have been through. While reading your story I remembered my best friend from kindergarten. She had cancer as well and died before we could start school together. She wasn’t so lucky.
    I wish you the best and thanks for supporting this campaign.

  99. Kedei August 15, 2012 at 12:21 PM #

    A very great and rewarding course.

  100. Courtney August 15, 2012 at 12:21 PM #

    A comment for a great cause

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