For the past two years, World Moms Blog and many of our global contributors have been deeply engaged with and committed to the mission of the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign.
In recognition of World Immunization Week and in celebration of the official launch of the Shot@Life campaign a year ago today, World Moms Blog is proud to introduce you to global Champion, Courtney Diesel O’Donnell.
For me, I am so fortunate that living a healthy life is simple and I have had access to pediatricians’ offices wherever I’ve lived, whether in Washington, DC, New York City or now Berlin – but for so many individuals this is an overwhelming challenge or even an impossibility. I left that experience feeling so connected to those parents. Becoming a Shot@Life Champion is one way that I can make sure their voices are heard.
What events or activities have you done over the past year to support the Shot@Life cause?
I attended the Shot@Life training and meeting in Washington, DC earlier this year – during which I spent time on Capitol Hill meeting with Congressional staffers about the importance of vaccines. I have also written about the campaign and encouraged my friends, family members and network to join and learn more about the issue. For my birthday, I asked that my network contribute to the cause.
Are vaccines readily available in Germany? Are they automatically given to children during doctor visits or do you select which ones?
motor skill development; the arrival of teeth; eating solid foods; laughter; riding a bike; moving from a crib to a “big boy bed”; making friends; learning empathy; kicking a soccer ball/fusbal ; learning a second language; singing a song; falling in love with books; going to preschool…
I feel like almost everyday a milestone of some sort unfolds!
In my mind, birthdays are about gratitude. To reach another year of life (whether my own, those of my loved ones, or others) is a true gift and something that should not be taken for granted. So I think birthdays are a great time to reflect on the year past, and consider what might be ahead in the year to come…but also to give thanks.
What is your birthday wish for the Shot@Life Campaign?
My birthday wish for the Shot@Life Campaign is that this birthday inspires more attention, awareness, and action around the cause of immunizations.
What do you want every child to have a shot at?
Opportunity! The opportunity to live, to pursue their dreams and to reach their innate potential without fear or preventable barriers.