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World Malaria Day

World Malaria Day is commemorated every year on 25 April and recognizes global efforts to control malaria. Here's a note from Tim Gilmour on why he supports Squash Malaria. 

Tim -gilmourSix years ago my daughter, Faith, turned 25 years old. Instead of celebrating her birthday, she and my wife sat beside my hospital bed, signing organ donation paperwork and waiting for doctors to share the results of an EEG to determine if I had any brain activity left. The culprit at the center of this drama? A bite from a mosquito with West Nile virus, which escalated into West Nile meningoencephalitis and left me in a coma.

Up until my illness in 2006, I considered mosquitoes as nothing more than a pesky nuisance. But that's not the case. Across the globe a child dies every 30 seconds from malaria caused by mosquito bites. The good news? Malaria is 100% preventable, and with your help we can change these statistics!

We're excited to support Squash Malaria, a campaign to help eradicate malaria by providing specially treated mosquito nets to children in developing countries. (Just one $6 net can protect two or more children for up to four years!)With help from our partners at World Vision, Group Cares launched the Squash Malaria effort through the Operation Kid-to-Kid Program with Group's VBS. Through that effort, Squash Malaria has raised nearly $2.5 million. Our ultimate goal is to raise $6 million-enough to save the lives of 1 million children.
You can still help Squash Malaria and save the lives of children! Get your free starter kit to get started. Although I didn't have malaria in 2006, my mosquito-borne disease was a nearly fatal experience that even our own doctors couldn't do much to treat. Thanks to hundreds of people who prayed for me, I experienced God's miraculous healing. I awoke from a four-day coma and have been healthy with few side effects. The power of prayer-and caring Christians like you and the kids in your ministry-can have that kind of impact on 1 million children.

And by the way, 18 months ago Faith gave birth to my first grandchild, Cannon. I'm so thankful I'm alive tosee Faith be a mom, to see Cannon grow up, and that we live in a country where I don't have to worry about a disease like malaria claiming the lives of my children and grandchildren. Please join us in our efforts to teach the children in this country to think and pray about a child in another country, and to understand that $6 can save a life!

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