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Click to read about Blogust and how to save a child's life just by leaving a comment

In the blogging world, comments are currency. Any blogger will tell you there is nothing more valuable than having readers respond to a post.

This month – Blogust, as it should forever be known from now on – Shot@Life is taking that philosophy literally. Thirty-one well-known bloggers, including my friends Chloe Jeffreys and Darryle Pollack, are writing special posts, and Walgreens will donate a vaccine to a child in need for every comment posted on those stories during August.

Because Shot@Life is all about milestones and making sure children everywhere in the world are provided with the necessary vaccines to reach them, each day of August will celebrate a specific age. For example, on August 1, Rebecca Woolf reminisced about first birthdays and other firsts; on August 2, Casey Mullins wrote about being two; and I can’t wait to see what Audrey McClelland – who just gave birth to a daughter after having four boys – has to say on August 31!

As a Shot@Life Champion, I can tell you firsthand that it is an amazing organization. Funded by the United Nations Foundation, its mission is to vaccinate every child worldwide. Right now, a child dies every 20 seconds from a disease that is preventable by vaccine. This is inexcusable. Shot@Life focuses on the four major killers — pneumonia, diarrhea, measles and polio – and you can help eradicate all of them just by using your words.

Me and my fellow Shot@Life Champions with Every Child by Two Vaccine Ambassador, actress Amanda Peet

Me and my fellow Shot@Life Champions with Every Child by Two Vaccine Ambassador, actress Amanda Peet

Sign up now to receive a daily reminder about the Blogust post of the day. You’ll want to read each one anyway because these bloggers are such good writers. Go back and read the ones you missed. Then leave a comment. You comment, and a child gets a life-saving vaccine. It couldn’t be simpler.

Last year, because of Blogust, Shot@Life was able to provide more than 10,000 life-saving vaccines. This year, Walgreens is donating up to 50,000 vaccines. That means 50,000 children may get a shot at life. But only if you put your mouth where the money is.

Start commenting.

And let’s be glad there are 31 days in August.

Shot@Life helps provide vaccines for children around the world


  1. Heidi Peach says:

    I lived in Africa. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

  2. The Bloggers have written remarkable posts and I hope your readers take a moment to sign up, read and comment….I have. A huge “thank you” to Walgreen’s for being part of this project.

  3. Lois, you ROCK! That is all!!! xo

    • Lois Alter Mark says:

      Thank you so much, Chrysula, and right back at you! Loved seeing you at BlogHer and can’t wait to see you at Social Good Summit! xo


  5. yet another reason to applaud walgreens

  6. I love seeing big companies taking a stand to help those in need and especially children. Vaccines are essential – kudos to you and Walgreens for leading the way!

    • Lois Alter Mark says:

      Shot@Life is an amazing organization, and this is a great way for everyone to get involved and make a difference.

  7. What a great program! I already love Walgreens but way to make me love them more!

  8. Barbara Cargill says:

    Terrific job you are all doing!

  9. this is so wonderful! thank you so much for sharing 🙂

  10. Would love to know if Shot@Life has a national focus as well as an international one! I’m a school nurse and promote immunizations all the time. I struggle with the “group-think” which leads to too many unimmunized children being put at unnecessary risk for illness and death.

    • Lois Alter Mark says:

      Phoebe, check out the Shot@Life website. There’s tons of information there, and places to get involved and become a Champion — which you seem to already be! If you’d ever like to write a short post based on your experiences, please let me know. People need to be aware of the facts. Thanks so much for everything you do.

  11. Happy to contribute to a worthwhile cause.

  12. Such a worthy cause…

  13. I love you Lois. Everything you do is so spectacular, meaningful and important. Can you run for office please?

  14. Ruth Curran says:

    When all is said and done it is our collective voices that will push positive change. Thank you Lois, for consistently taking the high road and focusing on what “can be”!!!

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