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AdvocacyMay 10, 2012

113 Children to Go! Here’s Your Shot to Make a Difference


Every child is a miracle.

In the course of my work as a photographer of newborn babies, my belief that every single child is a miracle is continually reaffirmed.

A child growing up in a developing country may seem a world away, but isn’t much different from the children in each of our own lives. The tears of a child, the laughter of a child, the comfort a child feels in being loved is no different. The difference is that this child’s lack of access to basic vaccines may mean diseases like polio, measles, pneumonia or severe diarrhea could end their life.

Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a disease that could easily have been prevented by a simple vaccine costing just a few dollars.

Thanks to the work of many dedicated organizations, we’re already seeing dramatic worldwide reductions in polio and measles-related deaths. And with the introduction of new vaccines, we are able to help fight two of the most deadly childhood diseases—pneumonia and diarrhea.

That’s why I’m supporting the United Nations Foundation’s wonderful, new Shot@Life campaign in raising $20,000 to save the lives of 1,000 children by Mother’s Day on May 13th.

Will you join me? Just $20 covers the cost of immunizing one child against four of the most deadly and disabling childhood diseases.

Coincidentally, I feel that there’s a real analogy with my own photography and my involvement as a Global Advocate for Shot@Life.

I am often asked, “you must take so many photos to produce the images you do.” It’s true, at times I do, but on every occasion the magic always seems to materialize in just one shot, a captured moment in time.

Here is your one shot to make a difference.

It’s simple. It’s effective. All we need is 1,000 people to donate $20 to save the life of a child. We need you.

Just $20 can help give a child a lifetime of immunity from polio and measles, and protect against the primary causes of pneumonia and diarrhea—four of the most deadly and disabling childhood diseases. Help us eliminate these terrible diseases for good.

Our goal is to raise $20,000 by Mother’s Day to help the United Nations provide immunizations to 1,000 children. We’re almost there! 887 children will be immunized thanks to your donations. Help us reach 1,000! Will you donate today to save the life of a child?

Thank you so much.

Anne Geddes
Photographer and Shot@Life Global Advocate

Anne Geddes