Happy Birthday Shot@Life!

shot_at_life_badge_300x250One of the incredible parts of being involved in the Shot@Life effort is meeting others who are also rallying for this important cause and to learn about their stories and ways they are engaged in this movement. I recently had the chance to ask new Champion Sili Recio about her involvement with Shot@Life. My questions and Sili’s answers are below!

Why did you get involved with Shot@Life?

I was born in a third world country. Though I moved to the states a month before my 5th birthday and had never missed an immunization up until then, I know others are not as fortunate. Going back to the Dominican Republic every summer allowed me to grow up understanding that there were some privileges here that others could not and might never have.  My mother was a big proponent and helper of children and I think I followed in her steps. I have the opportunity to continue her legacy by bringing awareness to the needs of so many children around the globe and how easily we can help. My mother lost her first child at 8 months old and in his honor I stand to prevent any number of the 1.5 million deaths that occur every year due to lack of vaccines. Can you imagine being able to save a child’s life with $20? That blows my mind every time I think about it.

Tell me in your own words about the Shot@Life Champions:

We are a community of people who understand that we may not be able to solve all of the problems of the world but that should not stop us from attempting to solve some. At least, that’s how I see it.  Shot@Life made sense for me. Being the mother of a 3-year old, I cannot imagine the possibility of losing her due to something that we sometimes fight on this side of the pond.

Why Shot@Life?

I was introduced to Shot@Life by a group of women that I love and admire.  Seeing their hard work in the last year really made me want to join in to their efforts. It takes a village, right?

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Check out Sili’s blog at: http://mymamihood.com …and join the Shot@Life Birthday Bash here: http://shotatlife.org/blog/its-our-birthday-lets-celebrate-together.html

Giving Children a Healthy Shot@Life

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As a former resident of Washington DC, I am used to the many tour buses that circle the city showing off the various monuments, historic sites and points of interest within the city.  It’s also quite common to walk into a hotel or office complex and see a list of various and diverse groups – local, regional, national and international – that are hosting conferences and conventions around town.  It makes sense that many groups would convene here – DC draws many people to learn, to exchange ideas, and to make those ideas known to those officials who are debating and shaping the laws that govern the Nation.

While I have studied, lived and worked in DC over many years of my life – today is a first for me. Today I arrive as one of those people who voyaged here to gather with others at a national conference to share, learn, and make some noise! This afternoon I will join dozens of other individuals from across the country for the shot@life Champions Summit.

We are a diverse group from many states and backgrounds – but we share a commitment to children and to ending the heart-breaking truth that one child dies every 20 seconds from a disease that could have been prevented by a vaccine.

Over the next three days we will learn more about the power of vaccines and ways we can all take action to decrease vaccine-preventable childhood deaths.  I am excited and grateful for the opportunity…and hope you will follow updates from the Summit and the Champions! To learn more, go to ShotAtLife.org.