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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Adrian Goes to Washington

Just got back from my Shot@Life conference in Washington.  I had an ah-maz-ing time.  I think it was probably the best trip I've ever been on.  The weather was amazing, the sightseeing was fabulous, and I met some really terrific people.  We also learned a lot of great information about global vaccines and the Shot@Life program.  




The highlight of the trip was our visit to Capitol Hill.  Our Utah group had four different meetings at the offices of Senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee, and also Congressman Jason Chaffetz.  We even had a bonus meeting with a representative from the House Budget Committee.  I've never been a very political person, but I have to say, that was a pretty profound experience.  The staffers we met with were all very helpful and seemed to be genuinely interested in the information we were sharing with them.  

On the other hand, I think it made them more real and approachable.  I realized that they are just regular people with offices, and computers, and meetings like I have every day.  I think that made them feel a lot less intimidating to me.  I'm thinking I'll be back again and again, especially as I continue my journey as a Shot@Life Champion.  

Considering all 100 of us, plus the 50 Champions from last year, and all other other people involved in this movement, I think we can accomplish some pretty amazing things.  Here we are posed on the steps of Capitol hill after completing at least 100 different meetings with our legislators.  That's a darn good days work, I think!




Here's our little group of Utah ladies.  They are a force to be reckoned with, I'll tell you.  We definitely hit the ground running, and we are already planning our first events and media appearances.  I think this group is going to do some great things.  

Besides, this was WASHINGTON, DC - one of the coolest cities in the world.  Fortunately, my friend Kathy Dalton from  AdventureMom.TV came in a couple of days early for some extra sightseeing.  Words can't describe how much fun we had.  I think we walked for almost 12 hours straight on Saturday seeing every monument and museum we could cram into a single day.  And look at just SOME of the great stuff we got to see:



I guess it all boils down to this - I know now that I have a unique chance to make a big difference as a result of this week and what we've all learned.  We learned that polio is 99% eradicated and needs a little more help to be stomped out before it can come roaring back.  We learned that 1/4 of all childhood deaths are preventable.  One quarter!  That's messed up.  We have a chance to give 1.5 million kids in developing countries literally a shot at life and let them have a chance at achieving all the milestones our kids are able to enjoy.  


I think we can do it.  Honestly, I don't even think it is that hard.  People can be pretty amazing when you are able to tell the story in a way they can connect with, and give them a chance to see how they can help.  That's what I signed on for, and I think that's what we can do together.  

If you're interested in making a donation to the Shot@Life foundation, here is the link for our Utah Shot@Life team.  It's a fix-able problem and together, I think we can do it.  


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2 comments:

~j.

I was really impressed with how you handled yourself in those offices, Adrian. You're so calm and collected and focused in those meetings! Well done!

Paulin Soleyman

Hello :) I came across this blog post via SITS Girls and I am so glad that I did. This sounds like such an amazing cause! It's not everyday that I come across something that touches me as deeply as this organization's work and to think...I didn't even know about it until this moment :/ You see, I grew up in a country where Polio and a variety of other childhood diseases are still a real concern. I remember how my parents used to take my brother and I to the hospital on those days when the newspapers mentioned that vaccines would be available and we would stand in line for hours just to have those precious polio drops. I owe my good health to vaccines and will never hesitate to vaccinate my own kids. But it scares me to see so many people move away from vaccinations because of unfounded hysteria spread by uninformed media sources and celebrities who know nothing about science and the impact of disease in places where vaccines are not available.

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