YOU Count, So Please Help Me Save The Lives Of 10,000 Children

With Devi Thomas and Chrysula Winegar at Evo'12. We smile because we know that together we will help save the lives of thousands of children.

Most people I know truly enjoy helping others. They might not be able to do everything they wish they could, but I really hope that today I will make it extremely easy to help save the lives of thousands of children that might not survive past their fifth birthday.

One very early morning during the Evo Conference in Park City, Utah, I heard from Chrysula Winegar and Devi Thomas how mothers have come to consider “normal” that a child might die in his or her first years of life. They don’t cry when their child dies. They accept it as a part of their life. So I cried for them. I cried for the babies that did not grow up.  For the dreams that never came true. I cried for the birthdays that will not be celebrated. But most of all, I cried for too many mothers who do not allow themselves to mourn.

I am not exaggerating. Every 20 seconds a child dies due to a disease that could have been prevented by vaccines. Vaccines that for too many are out of reach. Vaccines that you can help provide without moving from your computer, smartphone or tablet.

“Vaccines currently help save 2.5 million children from preventable diseases every year. With your help, global vaccination programs implemented by our partners can stop the 1.5 million unnecessary deaths that still happen every year.”  – Shot@Life

How? By just leaving a comment below. Yes, it’s as simple as that. Because comments count, but most of all, YOU count. Feel free to write an op-ed or just say hi. Aside from helping others, you’ll also help me contribute to the goal we have as a team: we want to reach 10,000 comments to help save 10,000 children.

In Honduras, this baby´s life can be saved thanks to Shot@Life (Photo/Stuart Ramson)

Blogs can help change lives. They changed mine.

And just so you know, I honestly value comments. They are what got me addicted to blogging and writing online. Getting immediate feedback, good and bad, on whatever I posted convinced me that what started as a hobby in 1999 on Todobebé, was my life’s passion.

Because I do believe that a blog post can help change the world. It can help save a life. It can comfort you when you feel nobody else can possibly understand what you are going through. It can offer advice or a solution that you had not been able to find. But bloggers are nothing without our communities. We build our relationships online but they become so strong that there is nothing virtual about them.

Originally I was going to single out one commenter and one blogger that have inspired me, but I honestly could not pick just one. There are so many. So many that have pushed me to be a better person, that have made me laugh, made me cry and made me realize the power of our words. I hope I manage to inspire you to join us and use your words to help others in the comment section below.

Shot@Life--UN Foundation, Mozambique measles campaign (Photo/Stuart Ramson)

Every comment left below equals a $20 donation

Thanks to the generosity of anonymous donors, every comment on a Blogust post equals a $20 donation, up to a maximum of $200,000. And if you find the time to comment on all the posts that are a part of Blogust, you will have helped raise over $600 by only giving some of your time and donating your words. Have some time to kill on your commute, carpool, the doctor’s office? Feel free to comment more than once.

Check out the FAQ about Blogust if you want more details or look at this video.

On a personal note

As the mother of a child who almost died at 17 months of age due to pneumonia and influenza (which could have been prevented if I had vaccinated her against the flu), please help me help other children avoid vaccine-preventable diseases. I was so fortunate to be able to get the help I needed for my daughter, but in too many countries, life-saving medical care is too far away.

My heart breaks for those children that have gotten sick and cannot get medical attention. But as I said, I hurt for their parents as well.

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Save children in need thx 2 @ShotatLife by commenting #Blogust


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Continue helping

It was tough to follow in the footsteps of all the bloggers who have contributed their posts to this cause. Especially since yesterday it was Randi Zuckerberg’s turn (yep, the former Head of Marketing at Facebook and current founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media) and she did a superb job by profiling 5 inspiring women. Tomorrow please visit my friend the über-talented Karen Walrond and leave her a comment. You can take a look at the entire Blogust calendar with links to past posts here. And if you’re feeling really generous, leave comments on all the published posts since (as you must be tired of hearing already), every comment counts towards our goal.

Ayuda en español

Puedes comentar aquí en este post o visitar mi otro blog para participar de esta increíble iniciativa haciendo clic aquí. ¡Juntos podemos ayudar a miles de niños!

¡GRACIAS! Thank you! Merci beaucoup! Danke! You get the idea…

Read Jeannette´s blog in Spanish and find more of her writing on Todobebé. You can also watch her on the Viva la Familia TV show on Univision.

And reach out to her on Twitter and Facebook. She loves it!


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