Ten percent of the profits from every GOPAL sold will go toward this very worthy cause, which provides life-saving vaccines to children all over the world. Last year, over 1.5 million children died from vaccine-preventable diseases, and our hope is that with your support that number might be dramatically reduced.
This work is personal to my family. Several years ago, I lost a husbandâand my daughter Piper a fatherâto cancer, after having fought the disease with everything from radiation to chemotherapy. Ultimately, we werenât able to save my husband, but these children can be saved. Please join us in the effort to rid the world of preventable diseases and save other families from the devastating loss of a loved one.
If youâd like to learn more about Shot@Life or become a Shot@Life Champion like my daughter, please click on this link.
Meet the motley crew that made GOPALS happen
Chief Amazement Officer
Ringleader of all thingsâ¦ GOPALS.
Director of Do Good
In charge of selecting an appropiate charity and being a Shot@Life Champion.
Director of Make it Cool
Responsible for being the voice of reality (e.g., âThey have to be more fun, Mom, and the logo needs some cool eyes on it.â)
Director of Work-Life Balance
Constant reminder of the need to take breaks. Usually pee breaks.
Somewhere while traveling between Seattle and Portlandâwe never figure it out whereâmy daughter Piperâs favorite plush toy, Midnight, just disappeared. The loss was devastating to my six-year-old, who never went to bed without her favourite cat. âRight then it occurred to me: our phones are mobile, computers are mobile, why canât plush toys be mobile too?â
Fast forward 11 years. My six-year-old daughter is now 17, she has a 12-year-old brother, and their mom had spent more than 20 years as a top Footwear and Apparel Designer for Nike. And so one nightâafter my kids and I watched a few too many episodes of Shark Tankâwe decided it was time to make my idea a reality.
Together we worked to design a plush toy that travels everywhere a child goes, a stuffed animal that fastens securely to any backpack. GOPALS happily tag along on every tripâto school, sleepovers, vacations and more. And parents rest easier knowing that their childâs favourite friend will never leave their side.