A 1-minute PSA shows that the difference between life and death can be where you're born.

67 seconds of reality.

I suggest viewing this short clip, which highlights the stark contrast between having access to health care and not having access.

Those of us who live in countries with modern medical care might not always realize how lucky we are.

All around the world, 17,000 kids die every single day from illnesses that could be prevented (or cured!) by the health care we use regularly.


The difference between life and death often comes down to where you're born.

Just finding a doctor is harder in other places. According to the World Health Organization, "high-income countries have an average of almost 90 nurses and midwives for every 10,000 people, while some low-income countries have fewer than 2 per 10,000 people."

Image by Save the Children.

The good news? It doesn't have to be this way.
(And you can help.)

What can you do?

You can spend TWO MINUTES to send a simple email urging your senator to support a bill ending preventable deaths of moms and babies. The bill is called the, "Accelerating Action on Maternal and Child Health Act." Support it!

You can do what Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Hugh Jackman have already done by signing this open letter to world leaders to encourage them to make choices that benefit people the most before a major summit on global development happening in September, 2015.

We've already seen major progress in health care. According to the WHO, low-income countries have already seen an increase of nine years in the average life expectancy, from 1990 to 2012. But we can do more.

Let's keep that trend going!

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In many ways, 18-year-old Idaho native, Hank Cazier, is like any other teenager you've met. He loves chocolate, pop music, and playing games with his family. He has lofty dreams of modeling for a major clothing company one day. But one thing that sets him apart may also jeopardize his future is his recent battle against a brain tumor.

Cazier was diagnosed in 2015. When he had surgery to remove the tumor, he received trauma to his brain and lost some of his motor functionality. He's been in physical, occupational, and speech therapy ever since. The experience impacted Cazier's confidence and self-esteem, so he's been looking for a way to build himself back up again.

"I wanted to do something that helped me look forward to the future," he says.

Enter Make-A-Wish, a nonprofit organization that grants wishes for children battling critical illnesses, providing them a chance to make the impossible possible. The organization partnered with Macy's to raise awareness and help make those wishes a reality. The hope is that the "wish effect" will improve their quality of life and empower them with the strength they need to overcome these illnesses and look towards the future. That was a particularly big deal for Cazier, who had been feeling like so many of his wishes weren't going to be possible because of his critical illness.

"In the beginning, it was hard to accept that it would be improbable for me to accomplish my previous goals because my illness took away so many of my physical abilities," says Cazier. His wish of becoming a model also seemed out of reach.

But Macy's and Make-A-Wish didn't see it like that. Once they learned about Cazier's wish, they knew he had to make it come true by inviting him to be part of the magical Macy's holiday shoot in New York.

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Make-A-Wish can't fulfill children's wishes without the generosity of donors and partners like Macy's. In fact, since 2003, Macy's has given more than $122 million to Make-A-Wish and impacted the lives of more than 2.9 million people.

Cazier's wish experience was beyond what he could've imagined, and it filled him with so much joy and confidence. "It is like waking up and discovering that you have super powers. It feels amazing!" he exclaims.

One of the best parts about the day for him was the kindness everyone who helped make it happen showed him.

"The employees of Macy's and Make-A-Wish made me feel welcome, warm, and cared for," he says. "I am truly grateful that even though they were busy doing their jobs, they were able to show kindness and compassion towards me in all of the little details."

He also got to spend part of the shoot outdoors, which, as someone who loves climbing, hiking, and scuba-diving but has trouble doing those activities now, was very welcome.

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Overall, Cazier feels he grew a lot during his modeling wish and is now emboldened to work towards a better quality of life. "I want to acquire skills that help me continue to improve in these circumstances," he says.

You can change the lives of more kids like Cazier just by writing a letter to Santa and dropping it in the big red letterbox at Macy's (you can also write and submit one online). For every letter received before Dec. 24, 2019, Macy's will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to $1 million. By writing a letter to Santa, you can help a child replace fear with confidence, sadness with joy, and anxiety with hope.

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