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.