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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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 »

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 »

I have included some links for information and resources for World Suicide Prevention Day.  A big question is what can you do to make a difference? Many people fear if they bring up the topic of suicide with someone they are concerned about, and encourage them to seek help, it will make things worse. On the contrary, it is proven that your concern shows that person someone cares about them and is often helpful in preventing suicide. • 90 percent of people who… Read more »

What does it mean to Pay it Forward? It is true selfless giving. Have you ever been in a situation where a random stranger steps into your life and does something totally wonderful and unexpected…and then like a skilled magician…disappears? Today was a beautiful example of such an event. If you have a thought to do something for another person, act on it…instead of thinking…”I’m just one person, what difference can I really make?” Caroline wanted to do something to… Read more »