Tracy Clark is one busy woman. She’s an author, a phenomenal photographer, one of the founders of Shutter Sisters, and don’t forget, a Mom. She places her hat into so many events, you wouldn’t think she’d have time for anything else. But when it comes to Shot@Life, Tracey has passion and time. As a Shot@Life Champion, you have to have a love for children and their well-being, using that love to get young people in third world countries vaccines to help them have a long life. A life full of experiences, milestones and birthdays. Tracey believes in all of this, and vows to do whatever she can to bring Shot@Life to the forefront.
This month, Shot@Life is celebrating their 1st birthday. Within this year, they’ve accomplished so much, including a drive to eradicate Polio from the world. With the mortality rate of children under 5 being so high, the idea of a simple vaccine to save them seems trivial. It is. And it’s also a simple “luxury” that most of the Earth’s children aren’t able to attain. Shot@Life is on a mission to change that.
For Shot@Life’s first birthday, I had the pleasure of interviewing Champion Tracey and I found out what she thinks we all should have a shot at in life.
Why did you get involved?
Truthfully, it was my teenage daughter that helped me (us) make the decision to become champions for Shot@Life. I’ll never forget the moment she had heard I was invited to attend the first Shot@Life Summit at the United Nations Foundations offices in Washington DC. Without a moment’s hesitation she urged me to attend and she begged me to take her with me. Seeing her enthusiasm and realizing how important it was to her that we get involved in a campaign that was centered around global issues—specifically saving children’s lives—immediately convinced me. Shot@Life is the most exciting opportunity I have ever shared with my daughter to date.
Has your own life changed since becoming a Champion for Shot@Life? How so?
Since working with Shot@Life I can proudly declare that I have officially become what I would consider a “global mom”. Through Shot@Life I have been able to have a direct impact on the world’s children and that feels so good. I am so grateful that Shot@Life opened this door to advocacy in this capacity for both myself and my daughter. It’s been something very special we have shared together which has been a satisfying benefit to being involved.
What have you done over the past year to help spread the word about Shot@Life and the importance of expanding access to global vaccines?
The best part about advocacy is getting to use your talents and passions to rally for a cause you believe in. I’ve been able to use photography and photography based call-to-actions, lend my voice via my social media platforms, and share with friends and family via word of mouth and even hosting a small event. One of my favorite events over the past year was being a part of the Blogust team of bloggers. In that month long project 10,000 comments on blog posts protected 10,000 children from diarrhea, pneumonia, polio and measles. That not only blew my mind, it made me so proud. Then, having the opportunity to attend the 2nd Summit and witness how much the Champion team has grown and how many children we are reaching together was thrilling. What an incredible year it’s been!
What’s your favorite birthday tradition?
My daughters and I have always baked our own birthday cakes, ever since they were born. Baking their cake each year is a tradition I hold dear and feel so fortunate that it’s something my girls and I get to share each year. Come to think of it, we should extend that tradition and bake a cake for Shot@Life! Turning 1 is a big milestone. I am so proud to be a part of the birthday bash for something so amazing! Happy Birthday Shot@Life. My wish for you and all of us is that we can continue to give all kids the shot at life they deserve!
Tracey Clark is a photographer, writer, instructor, mother, and the founder of Shutter Sisters, the online collaborative photo blog for women with a passion for photography. She has written 4 books including her latest Elevate the Everyday: A Photographic Guide to Picturing Motherhood and she is a proud champion for Shot@Life. She can be found online at www.traceyclark.com although she’s most likely hanging around at @traceyclark on Instragram.