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Reader's View: Take a moment to save lives of children

I appreciated the June 28 story, "He didn't know how to swim — but he dove to his death to save a 5-year-old's life." This dramatic example showed how precious the life of a child is in our world.

Unfortunately, every day, more than 15,000 children under 5 die from preventable causes in our world. That's 15,000 tragedies that could be averted without the sacrifice that Victor Mozqueda made for one life, as the story described.

Right now there is a bipartisan bill in Congress, the Reach Every Mother and Child Act, that would help end these unnecessary deaths along with the deaths of 800 mothers (also daily and preventable). Unfortunately, this bill is currently stuck in committee, even though it is cosponsored by over one-third of the members of Congress. Lacking is the political will to do the right thing and pass this life-saving legislation.

Why not join together to help save these lives? Calls, letters, and visits to those who represent us in Congress, asking them to pass this bill, can make a difference. Take a moment right now and make a call or write an email. Millions of children's lives are depending on it.

Willie Dickerson

Snohomish, Wash.