October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month and in more than 200 cities across the country, communities and their leaders are coming together to take action against bullying. Bullying is a serious issue facing more than 1 in 4 children nationwide. This is an important topic for me as both my children were bullied when they were in school. There are 3 different types of bullying – verbal; social and physical – and between both my children, we experienced all… Read more »

Maxie's Birthday Benefit

Last year I was fortunate to meet a very special family and help celebrate the life of Maxie. This October will be the fourth birthday of Maxie’s that his family has to spend without him. Maxie’s Birthday Benefit will be celebrated again at Golden Road Brewing on October 12th from 12pm – 4pm and will be in support of First Candle.   First Candle funds important research into the causes of Stillbirth, SIDS, and SUDC; educates parents and caretakers about safe sleep; and supports grieving parents with… Read more »

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by Steven Greenberg Sunday August 24th was the Brain Tumor Society Los Angeles Walk. My mom and I woke up bright and early, which I wasn’t so excited about, and set out for a day in the burning sun. I didn’t know much about brain tumors and in my mind I was simply going to help her photograph an event. However, my opinions were drastically changed while I was there. I realized that brain tumors can affect anyone. I met… Read more »

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Pass it on. Your life matters! #youmatter #suicideispreventable #letitout My son often tells people that I have saved his life many times. The fact is, he has saved his own life, but I was there to listen, to support, and to get him the help he needed. I was open. I didn’t judge him. I encouraged him to talk about his feelings and his thoughts. I respected him. There is no reason to fear honest open communication. I was also realistic –… Read more »

We met when our boys were in 4th grade. We bonded over other challenges the kids were going through at that stage.  Then a few years later, I heard these words from Ellen, which turned out to be the first of 3 friends that year to share the words “he has GBM”. By the 3rd time, I knew more about it than my friend who had just been diagnosed! I didn’t hesitate when Ellen asked if I would photograph the Los Angeles Brain… Read more »

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It is said “good things are worth waiting for” It has taken me a while to get on track and to post some work… I’m hoping you’ll find it’s worth waiting for! As always, I’m fortunate to do the work I love. I get to see old friends, make new ones, and work with wonderful organizations.  I am able to inspire and be inspired, to share and connect, and to help people help themselves. I can’t think of a better… Read more »

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On July 17th everyone looked forward to a night of laughter, and…tumors? Sounds odd but the pairing works quite well for NETumor Humor. NETumor Humor is an annual comedy benefit and raffle based out of Los Angeles on a mission to aid research and awareness of Carcinoid/NeuroEndocrine Tumor (NET) Cancer through comedy. NET Cancer requires a different treatment than your ol’ everyday run-of-the-mill cancer and could look like other cancers but a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis could be deadly to… Read more »

Charlie

  Charlie John Cash was born on 2/27/13 via EXIT procedure. He has an undiagnosed syndrome and is still currently residing in the NICU. I feel blessed to have met another amazing family. Thank you Jerrica and Owen for connecting us. Jerrica, you are a beacon of strength to all who know you, and Owen, you are quite simply the happiest baby I have ever met, what a role model you are for your little buddy Charlie!Alina and Brandon, thank… Read more »

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It is my goal, through photography and Life Happens – Choose 2bepositive™ to help empower each person to be true; to find the strength within; to handle life with grace; to pursue passion, and to learn what happiness and being positive means. My wish is to bring a little happiness to other people’s lives who are  going through a difficult time. It saddens me that in order to enjoy something or to feel better (physically, emotionally, and mentally) it usually… Read more »

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By Steven Greenberg Has somebody ever told you to let go? In my journey, I have realized that the most important thing in being free, in being happy, is letting go. That being said it is also the hardest thing to do. We are raised a specific way, and are constantly told to act the way we are supposed to. We place all of these expectations on ourselves and try our best to strive for the ideal. With all of… Read more »