Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Are You Our 2013 Mom on a Mission?

Eight years ago, Tamara Rubin turned a major setback into an opportunity.

Her young boys were acutely poisoned after a contractor used unsafe and illegal paint removal methods while painting their home. Tamara decided that her family would not be a statistic and made it her mission to protect children across the country from lead poisoning. In 2011, she founded the Lead Safe America Foundation. You can still find her walking door-to-door, handing out free lead testing kits to families.

Then there’s Shelby Rodriguez. After discovering that a corporation in her community was pumping harmful, toxic fumes into the air during a tar-roofing project, she spearheaded a movement that successfully brought it to a halt. Today, she is a crusader for clean air.

We like to call it “the Erin effect,” in honor of our Advisory Board member, Erin Brockovich. The truth is: Deep inside all of us is a mom on a mission.

This year, we celebrate our 4th annual Mom on a Mission campaign to honor parents and moms like Tamara and Shelby who have made it their mission to create a better world for the next generation.

Each month we will honor one mom who is inspiring change for children’s health—beginning with our first finalist, Andrea Pett-Joseph, who has committed herself to finding a cure for Epidermolysis Bullosa, a rare, painful and life threatening genetic disorder of the skin that has affected her eight-year-old son since birth.

Join us today by nominating a mom who has made a difference in the life of a child at Better yet, nominate yourself!

In September, we’ll host a two-month online voting period where YOU will choose the winner.  Then in November, we’ll announce the 2012 Mom on a Mission at a special event in New York City with the help of our sponsors, Stonyfield Farm, Nordic Naturals, Plum Organics and TLC.

Have you already nominated someone? Honor other moms who are changing the face of children’s health by sharing with your friends and community and encouraging them to nominate someone special. Forward this email, post to your Facebook, send a Tweet, share on your blog—help us show parents everywhere that every little thing they do matters.

Thank You,

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff
Executive Director/CEO
Healthy Child Healthy World