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OK, I am seriously excited this week!  I found out a few days ago that I have been selected at one of 100 Shot@Life Champions for 2013.  If you aren’t familiar with the Shot@Life organization – they are providing lifesaving vaccines to young children in developing countries to literally give them at shot at life.  It is quite an amazing organization – they work with the United Nations Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, among other supporters.  

One of the EVO Conference’s fabulous organizers Rachael Herrscher
from Today’s Mama posing with me in front of the Shot@Life banner.  

As a Champion, I will be assisting the organization in their awareness and fundraising campaigns.  Even better, they are sending me and my 99 fellow Champions to Washington, DC next month for two days of training before we will be meeting with members of Congress.  No really, I will be meeting with members of CONGRESS to help this amazing cause.  That still sounds really weird to me.  

Needless to say, I am SO EXCITED!  I’m still figuring out some of the details, but I just checked today and our hotel is on Pennsylvania Avenue, literally one MINUTE down the street from the White House.  How cool is that?  And we are scheduled to spend an entire afternoon at the Capitol building creating awareness of the cause with members of Congress.  Then they are going to be having a reception for us in the evening – whoohoo!  And of course, my big thought is what am I going to WEAR?  Sheesh!  Silly, I know, but you really want to be sure you look professional and polished for something like that.  

I initially met the Shot@Life folks at the fabulous EVO Blogger’s Conference (The EVOlution of Women in Social Media) over the Summer.  One of our sessions was “Blogging for Good” and it sounded like something I would be interested in.  I was really impressed with them, especially when I found out they had played a part in eradicating POLIO in India and other countries.  From what I understand, it has become extinct in all but one country and I think that is Pakistan.  That’s pretty amazing work.  

So a couple of months ago when they put the call out for people to apply for the Champion positions, I jumped right on it.  Obviously, I’m not one of the bigger players in the blog world, so I was a little surprised to have been chosen out of more than 200 applicants, but I guess something must have gotten their attention.

Who knows where this is going to lead after Washington?  I know my friend Jenny from Formerly Phread took a trip to Uganda for them a couple of months ago and my combined blogger buddies raised $200,000 for them in the month of August – renamed Blogust.  I did help with that one by visiting each and every blogger on their fundraising day.  Each comment raised a $20 donation from their partners enough to vaccinate one child against a lifetime of life-threatening diseases, such as polio, typhoid, and diptheria. I’ve already expressed my interest in having my very own Blogust day in 2013.  I’m hoping for Blogust 22nd because two of my boys have 22nd birthdays.  

Stay tuned.  I’ll be posting lots of pictures and more information about the campaign during this trip and I’m sure throughout the rest of the year.

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