• Thu. Jun 13th, 2024

I’m talking kids, books, & diarrhea on Capitol Hill with Shot@Life

ByPam

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

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Thanks to my volunteer work with Shot@Life, 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 Shot@Life 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.

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But as I learned through Shot@Life, 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 Shot@Life I can make a difference.

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Ask me how you can too.