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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 »

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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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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“Life is full of bumps,”….”the roller coaster of life is bumpy,”…..”the road of life has many twists and turns, ups and downs,” These words describe what happens in life and people say these anecdotes to one another sometimes to try to comprehend “what life has to offer us” or to dismiss the reality of what some people go through and live with on a daily basis. I have been made aware of The Revay family, who have been on this… Read more »

Blinky

by: Sylvie & Binky Binky is 6 ish She was saved from a shelter and would probably not have been noticed by the rescuer if she had 4 legs. She was about one when Jon ( my husband ) and I adopted her. She was scooting on her chest at the time and Jon was determined to build wheels for her. So after a few trials and 4 sets of fancy rigs and the help of Cesar Millan (she was… Read more »

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by: Christina Estrada CAFFEINE OVERLOAD!! Can’t Stop Shaking. Heart is POUNDING. Barely feeling like you’re able to breathe or speak. I wish what I’d felt was a caffeine overload. That is the best way I can explain to someone what an anxiety attack feels like, although the symptoms get worse. Trying to get up, but the feeling of almost passing out would overcome my body. The worst thoughts in my head would take over my brain, and I couldn’t help… Read more »

Last week I had the opportunity to photograph NAMIWalks Los Angeles for the 2nd time.    This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week and I am sharing several links which take our society one step closer to breaking stigmas, educating, and helping others. I hope you will take the time to share this too, and help raise awareness. Thank you 1. I’m so proud of my friend Randi Silverman.  Please watch the movie Illness to understand what those of us who raise families with Mental Illnesses… Read more »

NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI is changing how Americans view people with mental illness, and ensuring that help and hope are available to those in need by providing free education, resources and support. When you realize the startling FACTS that mental illness affects 1 in 4 or 60 million Americans every year (everyone knows someone), organizations like NAMI become increasingly important as one can’t help but realize it’s time to take action as said in Jennifer Hudson’s PSA.  Worth Magazine… Read more »

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~ written by Steven Strength is such an interesting word. It’s interpreted in so many different ways. When I was a kid, I would probably think of a movie like 300 that I wasn’t supposed to see yet because the Spartans were strong. But I don’t recall asking myself why I thought they were strong. Thinking back on it, the obvious answer was that they can fight an entire army with 300 men, but that isn’t why they were strong…. Read more »