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Happy Easter!

It’s Easter – a time for new life! A time to rejoice and celebrate!!

My boys hunted around the yard this morning for Easter eggs. We hung up some homemade bird feeders in the yard. We enjoyed playing games as a family this afternoon. What a great day! I have been marveling at how much these guys have been growing recently. Just yesterday I put a size 6 pair of pants on my 4 year old…that still kind of fit my 8 year old. It’s crazy how bit they are getting.

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Here’s my story: My boys, 8 and 4, need yearly checkups like all kids. So I make appointments, pile them into my SUV, and drive them all of five minutes to our medical clinic. While my health insurance can be frustrating and hard to understand, it pays for most of their care. My boys are evaluated – blood pressure, pulse, say “Ahhhhh”, and all that. And then they receive appropriate vaccinations during their appointment if it is time. They pick out a sticker and a lollypop, and we all head home.

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There. Done. I hardly even had to think about all of this. I even had my iPhone remind me 30 minutes prior to the appointment so I wouldn’t forget.

So far, so good. Each year the doctor has deemed my boys perfectly healthy. Aside from the occasional cough or stomach virus picked up at school (or at Walmart, or at the mall), or some stitches from one of the many times my guys have tried to ignore the laws of Physics, my boys really haven’t had much go wrong in their lives.
I tend to think of all of this as being “normal” – an average experience for an average family…IN AMERICA.
I was startled to learn that 1 in 5 children in the world DIE from a vaccine-preventable disease. PREVENTABLE. Why? There are a number of reasons, but the bottom line is that these kids don’t have access to vaccinations. I’m a big believer in the idea that all kids are the same everywhere – all kids deserve the same shot at life as every other child.

We need to get vaccinations to these kids! Shot@Life, UNICEF, the GAVI Alliance, and other organizations are all working hard to make this happen. The United Nations Foundation has made childhood health a priority, and people like Ted Turner and Bill and Melinda Gates have all put large sums of money into this issue.

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You don’t have to give a billion dollars to change a child’s life. Did you know that $20 will cover vaccinations for four diseases for one child? Measles, pneumonia, diarrhea, polio – all can be prevented. 1.5 million lives could be saved each year by people like you and me. $20 to save a child’s life.

You can also sign up on Shot@Life’s webpage: www.shotatlife.org. Lend your voice to those who need to be heard! Or put your information here so that your congresspeople will hear about how important global health is to you, their constituent.

What are you willing to do for a child today?

Emily, Doer of Stuff

“Get a Shot, Give a Shot” – How Walgreens and Shot@Life Work Together for Your Health

Anyone who has ever read back through my blog posts probably realizes that Shot@Life, a program of the United Nations Foundation, is very close to my heart. I’m going to talk about Shot@Life again, but this time for your personal benefit.

Shot@Life has partnered with Walgreens in order to bring vaccinations to more people. How does this work? You are already planning to get your seasonal flu shot, right? So go get it at Walgreens through October 14th, 2013 and Walgreens will donate a vaccine for another person.

How do you benefit? Well, first off, you now have your flu shot…so you won’t get that nasty coughy-hacky lungish flu this year. Awesome! Who wants that nonsense anyway?!?

Next, you don’t have to make an appointment ahead of time, so you can get your shot when you have the time – no messing with your already busy schedule. Most insurances are accepted, and you can even receive 500 Walgreens points for each immunization you and your family receive.

And finally, you can feel great knowing that another person in the world is going to receive a vaccine that will give them…a Shot@Life!

[Editor’s note: Did you know that one child dies every 20 seconds from a vaccine-preventable disease? Why does this happen? Because not every child has access to vaccines. In fact, 1 out of every 5 children in the world doesn’t receive the very vaccines that our kids in the United States can easily get. I’m not just talking about the flu shot here. I’m talking about Measles, Polio, Pneumococcal Disease, and Rotovirus – all vaccine-preventable diseases. 1.5 million lives can be saved each year if these children receive vaccines.]

Do you ever read fine print? There is some pretty cool fine print at the bottom of the page that outlines the partnership on Walgreen’s site. It reads: “Donation limited to $500,000 which is the value of 1.35 million polio vaccines and 1.35 million measles vaccines.” Look at how many millions of vaccines Walgreens is willing to donate! Talk about putting your money where your mouth is. Thank you Walgreens! And thank you Shot@Life for continuing to make sure that the least of us are receiving a shot at…another birthday! …being a best friend! …going to school! …learning how to ride a bike!

Respectfully submitted,
Emily, Doer of Stuff

Shot@Life Keeps On Birthday Bashing!

Here is the text from The Maker Mom’s blog interview of…ME!

Written by Kim Moldofsky

Friday, April 26, 2013

Shot@Life UN Immunization Campaign, Geography and Emily White: STEM Girl Friday

When I was at the Blissdom Conference I agreed to help out with a post for Shot@Life’s birthday and World Immunization Week. I was thrilled when they paired me with a Shot@Life Champion, Emily White, who is also a mom, a geographer, and this week’s STEM Girl Friday.
How long have you been involved with Shot@Life and how did you get involved?
I was introduced to Shot@Life at the General Federation of Women’s Clubs [GFWC] Conference in Charlotte, NC in the summer of 2012. I brought information home to my local GFWC Club, and we have some fundraiser and awareness events in the works for later on this year. I became a Shot@Life Champion after attending the Champion Summit in Washington, D.C. I will become the State President of GFWC South Dakota in another year or so, and am so impressed with what Shot@Life does and how they market themselves that I knew I would want to choose this program to deliver life-saving vaccines where they are needed most as my major focus during my presidency.

You are a geographer! Tell me a bit more about that. I AM a geographer! I love what I do – I am the Operations Manager for the South Dakota Geographic Alliance. My job is to promote geo-literacy in K-12 classrooms. I believe that my work is important. Being a Geography Educator is probably one of the most important jobs out there, though most Americans would disagree. Or not realize that the field of Geography actually encompasses more than memorizing ‘states and capitals’.
Geography is a skill that allows a person to develop critical thinking and solid decision making skills. All a person has to do to understand this is watch the evening news. Why are particular countries at war? Are these wars strictly about culture and religion? How does the location of natural resources factor in? Where are water resources located? Other people depend on the outcome of these decisions. This is why a geographic background is so important.
During Geography Awareness Week (last November) I went to 1st and 2nd grade classrooms and taught them about global interdependence by using a pencil as an example of how we are all connected across the globe. A pencil has five parts, each manufactured in a different country. I used Google Earth to “fly” the classes to countries where the pieces are made. Then we talked about how the decisions we make here in the United States affect other people in the world. Educated decisions are better decisions. A solid background in geography makes educated decision makers.
This is the same message that I promote when talking to people about Shot@Life – we are all connected across the globe. In order for a disease to be eradicated, we all have to work together for the benefit of all because diseases don’t respect borders and boundaries. A disease eradicated in one country is a disease eradicated for all countries.

What would a worldwide polio map look like now and how would it look different than, say, a 1950 map? Going back to the early 1900s, polio was spreading across the globe, especially in cities, and especially during summer months. Scientists were working on a vaccination for polio and finally came up with an effective vaccine in the 1950s. Those countries that effectively used the vaccine saw a dramatic drop in polio cases since then, including the United States, where polio has been eradicated since 1979. In 2013 endemic polio cases exist in three countries: Afganistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. So a map of polio now would only highlight three countries, whereas a map from the 1950s would highlight many countries, all over the globe. I’m not sure what the exact number would be, but it would be a very colorful map. In contrast, the more recent map would kind of boring to look at. Let’s eradicate polio in those last three countries and get rid of the polio map all together!

Using your knowledge of maps, terrain and shifting boundaries what are biggest barriers to childhood immunizations in developing nations? When you look at a map of Afghanistan, the first thing you may note is that this country has a lot of mountains and deserts, and not much transportation infrastructure in place. Combine these factors with political unrest and fighting taking place in various regions, and you have a huge barrier to country-wide health care, let alone distributing childhood vaccinations equally.
While not all developing countries are in the same situation as Afghanistan, many of these countries don’t have the country-wide health care infrastructure in place to make addressing issues like immunization easy. The children who are least likely to receive immunizations are going to be rural kids whose families simply don’t have access to health care, clean water, sanitation, proper nutrition, and so on. Immunizations are only one issue of many for people in developing countries.
What has been your proudest moment working with the Shot@Life campaign?
My proudest moment working with Shot@Life was when a group of us went to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. and shared the Shot@Life message with our Congresspeople. I was the only Shot@Life Champion from South Dakota, so I got paired up with some fantastic Champions from New Jersey. We got to share our message as both advocates and moms with the people who are most in-touch with the pulse of the Nation. As the Shot@Life campaign continues to grow, I like knowing that I was one of the earliest supporters and that I helped plant the seeds of the future for healthy children around the globe.
Thank you, Emily! Would you like to become a Champion? Learn more about becoming a Shot@Life Champion here.

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The Shot@Life Birthday Bash Continues, Cyber-Style!

Mad props to all of my Champion friends out there who are taking the time to celebrate Shot@Life’s first birthday in high style! This post continues from yesterday’s post, and I’ll be putting content up each day this week to help pass the celebration on to others.

As you can tell from my Blog title, I DO STUFF. Sometimes I take physical challenges for fun, sometimes I try new things to experience this world that we live in, and sometimes I do stuff simply because it’s important. Shot@Life is in the latter catagory – Shot@Life is important.

What Do I DO for Shot@Life? I advocate, I fundraise, I educate – I speak at events, I reach people through Facebook, my Blog, and through the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. I pass my passion on to others.

Not to brag, but this past weekend I spoke at the General Federation of Women’s Clubs South Dakota State Meeting, and, after my 1/2 hour powerpoint presentation, a woman in the back row raised her hand about wildly and announced at the top of her lungs that she would donate $100 to Shot@Life in honor of her very brand-new great grand baby twins. She caught my passion and became a Doer of Stuff.

Nuts and bolts right here: $20 pays for the procurement, shipping, and distribution of vaccines that cover four major diseases: polio, rotovirus, pneumonia, and measles. $20! That’s all it takes to give a child a Shot@Life – a Shot at birthdays, a Shot at playing soccer, a Shot at hugging their mother.

Take some time out of your busy day today and become a Doer of Stuff: check out Shotatlife.org and learn how you, too, can become a Champion for all those kids in the world who need their childhood vaccinations.

Here are some awesome and inspiring stories celebrating Shot@Life’s 1st Birthday….

1. Angela Youngblood, whose own mother threw her fantasic birthday parties when she was a child, interviews Suzanne Chan, who is both a mother and a lobor and deliver RN, on her blog ‘Jumping With My Fingers Crossed’. Giving Kids A Shot@Life

2. Elizabeth Atalay of ‘documama’ gives us all a list of a few ways that we can help give kids a Shot@Life. Happy Birthday Shot@Life!  #BirthdayBash – you can catch her passion by reading this article.

3. Courtney O’Donnel interview Sili Recio on her blog ‘thesunnysideoftheroad’, right here on WordPress. Happy Birthday Shot@Life talks about Sili’s life being raised in a developing country until she turned 5.

4. Homegirl Quel (Kel) in Austin interviews Yolanda Gordon, a mother of two children with Autism, and discusses the importance and safety of early childhood vaccinations. Shot@Life Champion Spotlight: Autism Mom Supports World Immunization

5. Yolanda Gordon was then inspired to interview Ellen Marshall (right here on WordPress) in her blog ‘lesser known feats of awesomeness’. Shot@Life Champion Spotlight: Ellen Marshall

6. Kimberly Murray, of Kimberly Murray Photography, interviews Documama’s Elizabeth Atalay for Shot@Life’s Birthday Bash. Celebrate Shot@Life’s First Birthday With Documama (Then check out Kimberly’s fantastic photography throughout her website. WOW!)

7. World Mom’s Blog (a tremendous resource, all you moms out there) interviews Courtney O’Donnell, who is currently living in Berlin, Germany, about the importance of vaccinations. A Birthday Wish for Every Child: a Shot@Life

8. Anyone from Utah? Check this out: Shot@Life Champions will be giving away FREE cupcakes at The Sweet Tooth Fairy gourmet bake shops in honor of Shot@Life’s 1st birthday! Locations and times are posted here. How cool is that??

9. formerly phread posts about Shot@Life and how it’s a totally legitimate charity backed by some very real people. What is the Global Mom Relay?

10. Dad Labs (taking back paternity!) interviews Melissa Gardner about why she joined the Shot@Life campaign. Interview with Shot@Life Champion Melissa Gardner

11. My Mommy Reads posts from her 4 year old’s perspective. Kids deserve a shot@… …swinging, dancing, playing an instrument, swimming in the deep end, climbing trees and so much more! Kids Say It Best!

12. I have to list My Mommy Reads twice because she also interviewed my friend Amy Baxter, who invented a pain-reducing gadget called the Buzzy. So, rather than being the “Evil Needle-Wielding Fiend”, she can just be a great doctor. Dr. Baxter is also a Shot@Life Champion! Gettin’ Buzzy!

13. Julie the Wife interviews Jenny Eckton who traveled to Uganda with Shot@Life last year. It’s a Shot@Life Birthday Bash & You’re Invited!

Emily, Doer of Stuff

Shot@Life Turns the big 1!!!!

For those of you who know me, you know that I am a big supporter of childhood health issues, particularly childhood immunizations. Earlier this year I took a big step and became a Shot@Life Champion, which means that I am now officially devoting some time each day/week finding ways to reach out to others to educate people about the importance of childhood vaccinations across the globe.

Because this week marks the 1 year “Birthday” of Shot@Life (and World Immunization Week) a number of us bloggers are taking to the blogosphere and writing up essays and interviews with people who are also passionate about childhood health. It’s kinda a big deal! A child dies every 20 seconds (statistically) because of a vaccine-preventable disease. That’s so sad…and so rediculous because their death could have so easily been prevented! Every child deserves a Shot@Life! Every child deserves to reach their 1st birthday.

I am going to post a number of links this week to other bloggers out there who are posting content in celebration of Shot@Life’s Big Birthday Bash. I encourage you to take some time to read what others are saying this week about the importance of childhood immunizations. Thanks for doing this for me…and for you!

1. My friend Myrdin Thompson, who admittedly is not usually a birthday kind of gal, interviews Lois Alter Mark in her blog “Roots and Wings”. Every Child Should Have A Shot@Life

And here Lois interviews Myrdin via StyleSubstanceSoul in a cross-pollination posting extraveganza! Myrdin Thompson: Change Agent and Shot@Life Champion

2. Barb Hoyer of “a life in balance” interviews my New Jersey buddy Sarah Donza Hughes. Shot@Life Birthday Bash

3. Jessica Peace-Urgalles sums up the benefits of Shot@Life beautifully in her blog “Ms A: Charity Meets Style” with her post Shot@Life Birthday Bash: Celebrating Birthdays Through Global Vaccination.

4. Holly Pavlika interviews Champion Lee Reyes-Fournier in her blog “momentumnation” in a piece called The Shot@Life Birthday! Meet A Champion.

5. Jessica at Found the Marbles interviews Lisa Lightner in Happy Birthday, Shot@Life!

6.  Sili interviews Courtney at My Mammihood with an article entitled It’s the Shot@Life #BirthdayBash!

7. Fadra from All.Things.Fadra celebrates this birthday in mad-video style! Celebrating One Birthday So We Can Celebrate More!

8. CoupleDumb Interviews Shot@Life Champion Holly Pavlika – and if you’ve never read CoupleDumb before, you are in for a treat!

9. Adriane Gentlicore of adrianescrazylife interviews Lori Harding in Shot@Life 1st Birthday Bash.

10. Elena Sonnino of LiveDoGrow interviews Lyssa Sahadevan, Former Teacher of the Year in her state, in Happy Birthday Shot@Life!

11. Mushy Mamma interviews veteran health practisioner Mary Beth Koslap-Petraco DNP PNP-BC CPNP FAANP (I love all those letters!) in Shot@Life’s 1st Birthday! #GetVax.

12. Jessica of Blog of a Bluegrass Belle (one of my favorite blogs to read each week) writes about the connection and support between Shot@Life and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, a volunteer organization that she and I both belong to (in our spare time!). Shot@Life and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs: A Shot at Sisterhood

13. more coming….

A Shot@Life, or Emily Goes To Washington

I promised to write more about my experience with Shot@Life when I traveled to Washington, D.C. in February to receive training to become a Shot@Life Champion. I have been on the road ever since! It feels like I have only been home for four minutes this month. And, by “this month”, I mean February. I haven’t quite wrapped my head around the fact that it is already March and that March is half over!

Why Shot@Life? I am part of an organization called the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC), an all-volunteer ladies group that has local clubs all over the United States and beyond. I am the current President of my local Club, and the 2nd Vice President at the State level. One of the organizations that we partner with on the national level is Shot@Life, which is a program of the United Nations Foundation. I met representatives of this group at the last GFWC International meeting in Charlotte, NC this past summer and was immediately impressed with thier simple, yet very real message: That a child dies every 20 seconds from a vaccine-preventable disease. We can give these children a “shot at life” by providing them with vaccines for Pneumonia, Rotovirus (diahrea), Measles, and Polio. It costs $20 to give a child these vaccines. Shot@Life organizes the donations and advocacy around this issue and then uses partners on the ground in the right locations to administer the vaccines. $20 covers all of this. $20 can save a child’s life.

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I liked this organization enough to pick up some information to bring back to my clubwomen at home. I leafed through the pamphlets and read some articles online. GFWC offered the opportunity to become an official Shot@Life Champion through an essay contest. Four clubwomen were chosen, and I was one of them.

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The training itself was outstanding. It was uplifting. It was nothing short of incredible. I met with 100+ other women and men who were from a number of different organizations around the country who all had the same idea close to their hearts: Let’s save lives by bringing this program back to our friends, family, and others. Let’s use our networks to spread the word around the internet and blogosphere, and garner interest from our Senators and Representatives in promoting children’s health issues at the gobal level.

This summit took place in Washington, D.C. So, one day, we went to Capitol Hill. I was able to meet with the offices of Senators John Thune (R) and Tim Johnson (D) of South Dakota as well as three senators from New Jersey. All of the people that we met with received us and our information well. Since there isn’t current legislation involving children’s global health issues, I’m not sure that we will see much action on the part of the Congresspeople that we met with, but these meetings were an opening, and a reason to invite those who represent our states to local events that we hold in the future. They were also a way for us to say, “What can we do for you?”. I don’t think that our people in Congress hear this very often. Is there any way that we can help to serve the people of our states with regards to children’s health issues? I know of at least one Champion who has been asked to serve on a comittee back in their state. That’s something!

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The ladies from New Jersey that I got paired up with were AWESOME, and I am now friends with them on Facebook and read their blogs. I have no doubt that we will be working together in the future. All of us Champions are interacting through a group created for us on Facebook, and multiple posts are made a day updating all of us on all of the awesome events that people are creating, the meetings being held with people of interest, the connections being made across this globe of ours.

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The Shot@Life Champion Summit was just a beginning. I’ve already been asked to speak at two conferences in my state and to talk with a doctor who is interested in Shot@Life information. My local GFWC club has plans to do a fundraiser for Shot@Life, though the details aren’t laid out just yet (something to plan for this Spring, once the frozen tundra melts off a little outside). I also have plans for the future: I will be the president of GFWC South Dakota in a year and a half, and I will highlight Shot@Life as my main program of focus for my two year administration. This means that I will be asking the ladies of my state to take part in education, advocacy, and fundraising for Shot@Life and other children’s health issues.

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Why do I do this?

1. Because vaccinations are important. FOR EVERYONE. A disease eliminated is a disease eliminated FOR EVERYONE. Everyone on planet Earth wins. By the way, polio only exists in three countries now: Afganistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria.*

2. I love my boys. And, as a mother, I have this innate love for everyone else’s kids, too. Every mother deserves a healthy child. Every mother deserves a happy family. Every mother in the whole world. We all love our kids in the same ways, worldwide.

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[Only two of these guys are mine, by the way.]

3. This is something that I can do. I, one person in this great big world, CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Really. Do you have $20? Than you can make a difference, too. It really is that easy. Everything is already in place to make this happen. That’s why Shot@Life and their partner organizations are so awesome, and I am so thankful to represent them.

Will you please join me? Learn more (or donate) at the Shot@Life website.

* From the World Health Organization

Q: Polio is a disease you read about in history books. Does it still exist? Is it curable?

A: Polio does still exist, although polio cases have decreased by over 99% since 1988, from an estimated more than 350 000 cases to 650 reported cases in 2011. This reduction is the result of the global effort to eradicate the disease. Today, only three countries in the world have never stopped transmission of polio (Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan).

Despite the progress achieved since 1988, as long as a single child remains infected with poliovirus, children in all countries are at risk of contracting the disease. The poliovirus can easily be imported into a polio-free country and can spread rapidly amongst unimmunized populations. Failure to eradicate polio could result in as many as 200 000 new cases every year, within ten years, all over the world.

There is no cure for polio, it can only be prevented. Polio vaccine, given multiple times, can protect a child for life.

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Shot@Life Stuff: Part 1

(This post is the first in a series about my experiences with Shot@Life, a program of the United Nations Foundation.)

The whole premise of this blog is that I “do Stuff”, right? So let me tell you about something that I did earlier this month.

I was recently invited to attend the 2013 Shot@Life Champion Summit in Washington, D.C. I attended as a representative of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, a partner of Shot@Life, and, while I knew that Shot@Life’s motto was that “every child deserves a shot at a healthy life, no matter where they live”, I did not know how much I would end up falling in love with this program while sitting in a hotel conference room for three days.

First of all, let me introduce you to the facts.
The Good:
Measles mortality has decreased 71% globally. Polio is on the brink of eradication. Vaccines that protect children from pneumonia and diarrhea are currently being distributed around the world saving 2.5 million children each year. Awesome!!
The Bad:
One in five children still lack access to vaccines – life saving vaccines. One child dies every 20 seconds from a vaccine-preventable disease.

There is no Ugly, by the way. So let’s get back to the good: There are ways that you and I can help! (YOU are why there is no Ugly.)

Celebrate Childhood!!
How awesome is this? One of my favorite things that Shot@Life does at their events is allow people to hold up a board that says, “I want to give a child a shot at:______”, and the person can fill in whatever they want. Favorites that I have seen: a first kiss, learning to ride a bicycle, a first date, being a messy eater, and world domination. Bring awareness to this issue by helping people really identify with children in other countries that might otherwise be unfamiliar to your audience. Is a child in India any different than a child in America? Absolutely not! All children want to be happy and to enjoy all the “firsts” that come with being a child. All children deserve a Shot@Life.

Other ways to blurt about how awesome childhood is? Write an entry on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and so on, detailing why childhood is so important to you, then reference Shot@Life. Challenge your friends to “pass it on” to their page. Create some positive vibes out there in the blogosphere.

Invest in Childhood!!
Here’s an awesome fact: $20 will help immunize a child from pneumonia, diarrhea, measles, AND polio! $20!! To be honest, I blow this kind of money on Starbucks each month. And snack food. And junk for my kids. And all kinds of things that I don’t need. (MAMA THOUGHT – If I don’t buy my kids so much stuff, I don’t have to clean up so much stuff. Hmm.) But check this out – it costs $100 to treat a child who falls ill from vaccine-preventable diseases. Which is cheaper – vaccination or treatment? Your $20 goes a long way to effectively cut future costs. Vaccinations are less expensive!

There are a number of ways in which each of us can put aside more of our own personal money to donate to good causes, such as Shot@Life, but I’d like to think Outside of the Box. “Hold A Fundraiser” sounds like…yawn…..blah blah blah….. So don’t. Hold a dessert party and invite all of your friends to try your best desserts for a $1 a scoop. Invite people to do something COOL and FUN, not YAWN and BORING. Make it personal, too. Do something you love. Love to cook? Feed people for a donation per plate. Love to sew? Scrapbook? Bedazzle? Teach people how to craft in awesome ways for $5. Love to read books? Have people sponsor you for a penny a page. And I’m telling you, surely there is a way to use the theme of “A Shot” in combo with your favorite…um…drink, right? Like I said, make it FUN.

Stand up for Childhood!!
Sign Shot@Life’s petition at http://www.Shot@Life.org/advocate. Write a letter to your local media people – newspaper, tv, community blog sites, retirement center newsletters, and so on. Spread the word! And then keep spreading further by contacting your Congresspeople and urge them to support US funding for global immunization programs. You can go really crazy and speak up at local schools, businesses, community groups, events, WHATEVER. Knock yourself out.

Still not sold? How about this cold-hard fact. Disease is only a plane ride away, folks. The people on this planet are no longer so seperate anymore. One sick person hops a flight to wherever – your home town? and that’s all it takes for disease to spread. It is in EVERYONE’S best interest to vaccinate and eradicate diseases. EVERYONE benfits.

“Disease eradication is the ultimate in sustainability. Once it’s gone, it’s gone forever. Once it’s gone, it’s gone for everyone.” – Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Administrator, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry