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Shot@Life: 28 Days of Impact

2013 February 1
by Emily Hill

Remember when I told you one child dies every 20 seconds from a disease that could have been prevented with an inexpensive vaccine? And then I went on to tell you about how your $20 donation to Shot@Life gives a child a lifetime of immunity from pneumonia, diarrhea, polio and measles.

Think about it…for the cost of two movie tickets, you could immunize a child for life.

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, then you know how excited I am to be a Shot@Life Champion. I’ll be traveling to Washington D.C. in less than two weeks for the Shot@Life Champion Summit where I will receive training in media, advocacy and event planning so I can be an effective (i.e., compelling, energetic, forceful, powerful) Shot@Life ambassador.

Nine days and counting. I can hardly wait.

Shot@Life 28 Days of Impact

Today Shot@Life kicks off their 28 Days of Impact, a blog relay celebrating the impact vaccines have on children in developing countries:

[28 Days of Impact] is a month-long celebration of the impact of global vaccines and of the work being done by partners to get vaccines to the children who need them most. Each day in February, we will share incredible stories about the impact that vaccines have on people around the world.

Today’s post is by Cecily from Uppercase Woman. She tells the story of Rukhsar, a two-year-old who is India’s last known case of polio.

Bet you didn’t know we’re still fighting polio.

28 Days of Impact—28 stories that will touch your heart and hopefully encourage you to support the cause. It can be as easy as sending an email to your members of congress asking them to make sure global health and vaccines are a priority in the new Congress.

I totally emailed my congressmen today. All I did was tweak this sample Shot@Life letter, Google my congressmen (you’re right, I should have known who they were; baby steps, people) and send a few emails.

It took less than 10 minutes.

Vaccines can level the playing field so that all children, no matter their circumstances, have a shot at a healthy life.

If you’re on the Twitter and want to support 28 Days of Impact, we’re using the hashtag #vaximpact. Heck, I even have some sample tweets you can use:

  • Each day in February, you can read an impactful story on global childhood vaccines. Go to to learn more. #vaximpact
  • Be inspired all month long by these individual #vaximpact success stories. Start reading now.
  • Together @Shotatlife partners @WHO @GAVIAlliance @UNICEF @Rotary @MeaslesRubella @gatesfoundation make an impact around the world #vaximpact
  • #Vaximpact is incredible! Help sustain the impact. Email Congress. Ask them to make #globalvaccines a priority.
  • The impact of vaccines on the lives of children around the world is incredible. Help sustain #vaximpact. Take action!

To learn more about Shot@Life, visit

To learn more about how vaccines save lives, visit

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6 Responses Post a comment
  1. February 1, 2013

    What a great cause to champion! Can’t wait to learn more through you!
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    Emily Hill Reply:

    Thanks! :)
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  2. Dad permalink
    February 4, 2013

    Is there a way to donate in your name?


    Emily Hill Reply:

    I don’t think so, but it makes me smile you even thought to ask! :)
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  3. February 4, 2013

    This sounds like so much fun! I am jealous. But not just because of this just because well you are basically AWESOME.
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    Emily Hill Reply:

    Oh my heavens, I’m so not. But thank you for thinking so!
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