I was lucky enough to be invited to a TweetUp in New York City which is an event sponsored by Tylenol. A group of bloggers were invited to a question and answer session with Dr. Tanya Altmann, who is a well-known pediatrician as well as author. I was excited to go because Tylenol has been a brand I have trusted and kept as a staple in my home for many years and because I was excited to meet other bloggers and Dr. Altmann. I had no idea how amazing the event I was attending would be.
It was a beautiful day in NYC and I had never been to the Park before. It is a gorgeous restaurant and we all agreed it would have been a beautiful spot for a wedding. Upon arrival we were given the most delicious cranberry lemonades with mint and we able to get to know the other attendees. We were served a delicious buffet of salmon, mushroom risotto, and asparagus salad. Everything was amazing (I am a risotto snob so that mean a lot coming from me).
During lunch we learned about the Children’s Health Fund and how Tylenol has dedicated themselves to helping this amazing program. The Children’s Health Fund is a program that works tirelessly to ensure that low-income families have the health care they deserve. One of the most amazing things they do it turn buses into mobile doctor’s offices and drive to homeless shelters to make sure these children are getting the care they need. They make sure they are in the same places each day so that kids who don’t have a lot to count of can depend on them. They give books instead of lollipops so that these children can have something to call their own. They were one of the first adopters of electronic records so that they always had the medical records of these kids even if they moved around a lot.
If you think that sounds amazing you should hear the success stories. Many of the people involved in this program not only give medical attention but also mentor the children in their care. One child grew up to become a doctor and is now working with the Children’s Health Fund to give all the he received back to other kids. If that doesn’t melt your heart and make you a firm believer in the power of this program then I don’t know what will!
Now how is Tylenol involved? Tylenol came across the Children’s Health Fund and thought, “How do I get involved?” They noticed that there’s a trend of moms uploading pictures of their kids online and decided to pay the Children’s Health Fund for something that moms are already doing. Now this is the amazing part: for every picture you upload to their website smilingitforward.com, Tylenol will donate $1 to the Children’s Health Fund! I did it myself and it took less than a minute to help this great cause.
How can you help Tylenol support the Children’s Health Fund?
1. Go to www.smilingitforward.com and upload a picture that makes you smile. That’s one dollar right there!
2. Tweet about it using the hashtag #smilingitforward. You can retweet my tweets if you want or compose your own. If you send me a tweet @ Tracy_Gibb, I’ll retweet you and send you a shout out.
3. Share on Facebook. I already have a post that you can share or write your own linking back to www.smilingitforward.com
4. Tell everyone you know! When I got back to work yesterday I told everyone and helped them upload pictures to help this wonderful cause. They were all excited to help out!
I truly believe that it takes a community to raise a child and we are ALL responsible for the welfare of every child on this planet. Take a few seconds to contribute to the care of our most vulnerable children.
I’d also like to take a moment to thank Tylenol for putting together this amazing opportunity for all of us to come together to support the Children’s Health Fund and for hosting the event that brought it to my attention.
Stay tuned for some of the questions answered by Dr. Tanya Altmann in a blog post next week! She shared some amazing tips and tricks for keeping your family healthy, especially as we enter cold and flu season!