Surprise! Instead the conversations, the laughter, the “no big deal” attitude permeated the darkness, and was filled with light. It was the perfect way to remind us, how blessed we are, and how much we can do for others, with all the conveniences we enjoy each day.
Then we heard from Devi Thomas the director for the Shot@Life Campaign, UN Foundation. I vehemently agree, when she said, “no mother should expect her child to die.” This is what mothers in Africa are experiencing. They don’t cry anymore, because they expect their children to die. This should not happen in our world. I refuse to let this happen. “Any world where a mom is mourning a child from a preventable cause should not happen.” Amen. We can change this. We can do something good.
The world we live in is evolving. We can’t afford to hide behind borders. We are connected. We need each other. We can give life to each other. We are powerful.
So, as part of my “do more good” theme this year, I’m joining Shot@Life in the Shot@Life Summer Blog Carnival because I believe in the good they are spreading worldwide.
When I became a mother, my entire perspective changed. I suddenly became more fierce, more protective, and my natural instincts kicked in. I believe that a child’s voice is the purest. I believe that a child’s smile is sincere. I believe that each child deserves a chance to live, to laugh, to dance.
One in five children do not have access to childhood immunizations. It only takes $20 to vaccinate one child in a developing country to protect them from pneumonia, diarrhea, polio and measles. On the other hand, it costs $100 to treat one child who falls ill from vaccine-preventable diseases. It crushes my soul to hear that children are dying from diseases that are easily, simply preventable.
When I see that gorgeous picture above, of a toddler from Tanzania, it breaks my heart to think that without our help, many more children will die of something so insignificant, because they don’t have access to vaccinations. With our desire to connect, we can save lives. That’s empowering. That’s inspiring.
Here’s a fact:
Everyone is born with a natural immune system to fight infections from bacteria and viruses. When germs (“antigens”) enter the body, the immune system produces antibodies to fight them. Our immune system can “remember” the antigens and defend against them in the future. This is the basis of immunization.
When I was a kid, I played softball. I loved it. It was a milestone moment for me. I felt so strong, and athletic. That first year I played, I hit home runs nearly every time I was at bat. It was exhilarating. I felt like I ruled the world. I was only nine.
When I think of all the kids that might not get an opportunity to experience that kind of surprise, and joy at what our bodies can do, I know I need to help. I’ve been taught that because I have been given much, I have an even greater responsibility to help others. I’m teaching my children this important lesson. I’m grateful for the chance to do my part with Shot@Life, in partnership with the UN Foundation. As a mother, I am loving doing this with my daughters, to help other children all over the world.
You can help:
If you care, others will. That’s the power you have.
Let’s do this! Let’s do this together.
I am not being compensated by Shot@Life or the UN Foundation. However, I’m up for a chance to be featured on RealSimple. Let’s be open here, I would’ve done this regardless. I’ll keep talking about this even if I don’t win. There are some things in this world worth fighting for. I’m fighter, yo!