I’m talking kids, books, & diarrhea on Capitol Hill with [email protected]

If you’re new here, you might not know that I LOVE to talk about diarrhea.


Thanks to my volunteer work with [email protected], I am able to help future little readers all over the globe grow up to be healthy readers.  In the photo above, I talk to new [email protected] champions about how to find their platform by looking inside themselves and seeing where their passion lies. Turns out, mine happened when my toddler became dehydrated from a case of rotavirus and we had to take him to the ER. Twenty three years later, he is a grown man, all because we had access to health care. But there are many mothers who don’t have access to care for their infants. And that knowledge hurt me. In all my inexperience raising my first child, I knew one thing: when all else fails, call a doctor. A doctor is just a 10 minute car ride away.


But as I learned through [email protected], a doctor visit is often 3 miles away. On foot. In the heat. That knowledge tore me up.  No child should die from dehydration caused by diarrhea and the rotavirus. That’s why I love to talk about diarrhea; I want everyone to have the same options I do. And so I will discuss diarrhea with anyone who will listen. Children who are sick can’t read.

Thanks to [email protected] I can make a difference.


Ask me how you can too.


My passion is advocating for diversity in children's and YA literature.


  • Janeane Davis

    With all that is going on with politics and people not wanting to help others around the world, your volunteer work is especially admirable. It is important to make helping others a part of our regular lives. It is good that you want other mothers to have the same access to quality health care and a shot at life that your own children have received. It is a mark of generosity.

    • Pam

      I believe we are put on this earth to help others. That’s all I can do. Thank you for your kind words.

  • Joyce Brewer

    I just read our son a bedtime story from Heifer International that helps women & children across the world become self-sufficient through agriculture.
    I also explained how kids his age in some countries don’t go to school or get medicine they need.
    His six year old eyes grew as big as saucers!

    • Pam

      I love Heifer International, it’s a great organization. It’s great to start kids young to appreciate the bounty in their lives.

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