by Chrysula on February 3, 2012 in children's health,mothering,parenting

I spent two days in Washington DC this week as part of my new role as Community Manager for the Million Moms Challenge attending the Shot@Life Volunteer Summit. It was an incredible experience and you can read all about it here.

Champions Cindy Levin and the Mocha Moms Team, Rebecca Bernard Aguiar and LaShaun Martin

At the end of our second day together, we were asked for our key takeaways. My high impact moment (how to choose one from so many?) was hearing World Moms Blog founder Jen Burden talk about a time of great pain and loss in her life. A time when she remembered crying out in her heart, “is there anyone out there in the world who can help save my child?”

She likened it to the rising sense of compassion she felt for mothers all over the developing world losing their children to easily preventable diseases in this modern time. And in my heart the answer came as clearly as if someone had spoken aloud to me. “Us”.

Not in some patronizing way. Not the superior lifting up the inferior. Not even the advantaged lifting up the disadvantaged. In the human way. One soul connecting to another.  What is the gorgeous phrase? “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for?” *

*by Poet June Jordan, Poem for South African Women, 1980

A few of the posts by fellow Champions from the Shot@Life Volunteer Summit are here:

Shot@Life Blog


Third Eye Mom

Wired Momma

Roots & Wings

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Jen Burden @WorldMomsBlog February 3, 2012 at 8:26 am


Thanks so much for mentioning me and my words in your post.
I think of the moms around the world that can use our help — the know-how of the western world that can save the lives of their children. So glad to be championing this movement with you!

Jen Burden :)

Nicole Melancon February 4, 2012 at 12:24 am

Thanks so much for the mention of my post Chrysula! I wish I would have had a chance to speak with you more at the summit! It sounds like you are the perfect advocate for the cause and I look forward to working with you on Shot@Life!

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