As I write this, my six year old daughter is asleep next to me. I've been gone since Thursday and I leave for another trip in just four days. I will have difficulty sleeping tonight. She snores. She kicks. She talks in her sleep. She somehow manages to sleep on my side of the queen size bed leaving me absolutely no space. But yet...I love every minute of it because I know soon she won't be six. She won't want to have slumber parties with her mom, she'll want to have sleep away camp with her friends. So if this is "my shot" at time with her, I'll take it.
Doesn't every family deserve that opportunity? That Shot@Life?
And this week we can all make those "shot at..." first moments happen. It's Global Immunization Week. It's time to raise awareness about the facts that
- germs don't carry a passport,
- every 20 seconds a child dies from a vaccine-preventable disease,
- vaccines are one of the most cost-effective ways to save the lives of children in developing countries.
Working together we can help give families and children a shot at...opportunities. Whether they are major milestones (such as a first day of school and graduating from school) or minor milestones (such as having a first crush and a first broken heart), they all matter. Each and every one of them.
So invest in a healthier world by immunizing a child. $20 can vaccinate a child against four deadly diseases. Sending a letter to your Member of Congress telling them that robust funding for global health and vaccines is a priority for you and should be for them (remember, germs don't carry passports). Go to Shot@Life today, and make your voice heard.
And On April 26th you can join my fellow Shot@Life champions at a twitter party (9AM-12PM ET) and let the world know that #vaccineswork.
Most of all, you will be helping other families have a shot a time with their children. Because "lost time is never found again" (Benjamin Franklin). Let's not let another 20 seconds be lost. Find the time to act now and give a child a Shot@Life.
"We must always use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right"