Although the TV show Bent has been cancelled, that doesn’t mean that Amanda Peet is going to lie down and relax. The actress has been busy joining forces with the United Nations Foundation to launch a vaccination awareness announcement. The U.S. Shot@Life ad campaign is designed to help raise funds to provide vaccinations to children in developing countries.
The Huffington Post reported the mother of two girls – Frankie, 5, and Molly, 2 – has shared her passion to help the children that don’t have a voice. “What moves me about this cause is the fact that we have a cure. We have the medicine–we just have to get it to the children.”
“If we take all of the children [in the U.S.] who are entering kindergarten this fall, a little fewer than half of that number is how many children die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases,” she added referring to some of the vaccine preventable diseases such as measles, polio, and rotavirus, etc. that are the world’s leading causes of death to children under the age of five years.
The 40-year old’s desire to help became stronger after her youngest daughter contracted whooping cough (aka. pertussis) in 2010.
“It was pretty scary,” the wife of Game of Thrones producer, David Benioff, told PEOPLE. “It took a long time to figure out what was wrong. No one would think it’s whooping cough.”
Despite the fact that Molly had received two pertussis vaccinations, she was too young to receive all recommended doses. The two-year old has since fully recovered with the aid of antibiotics.
If moms in the U.S. banded together, we could be on the right side of history,” Peet added, “Let’s get it done. It’s not just about your kids, but about your neighbor’s kids, everyone’s kids.”