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AdvocacyNovember 24, 2020

Race to Erase 2020 Recap: Here’s What You Achieved

Every year, our champions step up to use their voices and help increase vaccine access for children all over the world. This year was no different. From October 1 to November 12, Shot@Life advocates came together to “race to erase” childhood illnesses. In all 50 states, Shot@Life champions across the country rallied together to raise awareness for World Polio Day, World Pneumonia Day, and global vaccine programs in the 2021 U.S. budget.

Even with ambitious goals set through the month and a half long activation, Shot@Life champions exceeded all goals. COVID-19 proved to be no challenge, as advocates enthusiastically set up calls and Zoom meetings with staff members from their representatives’ offices. In total, champions had more than 100 meetings, made over 200 calls, and made a concerted Twitter wave vocalizing their support for global immunization programs.

Check out the highlights below:


Published Letters to the Editor

This fall, Shot@Life champions also put pen to paper and submitted 31 letters to the editor, exceeding our goal of 25! You can read a few below to see how fellow champions are using their voices to become leaders in their community. For a full list of published letters from previous years, check out the News page.

Arkansas: Anchorage Daily News

California: Marin Independent Journal

Idaho: Coeur D’Alene Press

Minnesota: Post Bulletin

North Dakota: Bismarck Tribune

Nevada: Las Vegas Sun

South Carolina: The Post and Courier

South Dakota: Rapid City Journal

Tennessee: Herald-Citizen (Page A4)

Virginia: Virginia Pilot

Wisconsin: Baraboo News Republic

West Virginia:  Times West Virginian

Want to become a Shot@Life Champion?

February is right around the corner, which means our virtual Spring Summit and upcoming Advocate2Vaccinate activation are coming up! Keep an eye out as applications for the Spring Summit open in December. If you’re not already a champion, sign up for one of our upcoming trainings.

Thank you for your advocacy!


Rebecca Maxie

Rebecca Maxie is the Director of Grassroots Advocacy for the United Nations Foundation, serving as a strategic advisor for a variety of advocacy campaigns working towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Prior to joining the UN Foundation, Rebecca spent over a decade working on or managing political campaigns and causes through leadership roles in national political consulting firms. Rebecca earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of the Pacific in California, her M.P.S. in Political Management from George Washington University, and is also alumna of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University. Rebecca moved to Washington, D.C. in December of 2014 from Las Vegas, Nevada, where she was heavily involved in her community. She was elected as the youngest President in the history of the Women’s Democratic Club of Clark County, Nevada’s oldest political club. Rebecca also has a passion for travel, and has lived abroad in Odessa, Ukraine and Florence, Italy.