Art for Awareness: October #breastcancerawareness

October is the official month of Breast Cancer Awareness... but as you know it's not just important to be aware this month - but every day.    During the Month of October... for every one of my Fine Art pieces sold through my Loudoun Arts Council Marketplace - I will donate 25% of the sale to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.  If you would like to donate directly, click here...  


The following can be found on the Susan G. Komen site:


In 2017, it's estimated that among U.S. women there will be*:

  •  252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer
  •  40,610 breast cancer deaths

What Is Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer occurs when cells divide and grow without their normal control.   Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) occurs when the abnormal cells grow inside the milk ducts, but have not spread to nearby tissue. DCIS is a non-invasive breast cancer.  Invasive breast cancer occurs when cancer cells spread to nearby tissue or other parts of the body.  Invasive breast cancer that spreads to other parts of the body is called metastatic breast cancer.  

Warning Signs

The warning signs of breast cancer are not the same for all women.

The most common signs are a change in the look or feel of the breast, a change in the look or feel of the nipple and nipple discharge.

Learn more here

*American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts and Figures 2017. Atlanta, GA: American Cancer Society, 2017.

Updated 03/28/17

Loudoun Charity Event: ONE Sparrow's Lip Sync Battle!

Just another fun Saturday night... but this one was filled with lip sync battles, food, drinks, friends and family!  Smokehouse Live in the Village at Leesburg hosted this event and even the assistant manager (and his amazing staff) brought it doing a Backstreet Boys performance!  I had the pleasure photographing this amazing group... From the performers, to the judges (Nikki McNutt Thiem, Dennis Stanley Sr., and Curtis Taylor),  to the people running the check in, to the MC... one word comes to mind - IMPRESSIVE.  Check out One Sparrow to learn more about their efforts to raise funds for others!  Check out all the photos here!

Smashing Walnuts: Cracking the Cure

I am pleased to announce three separate photo packages have been added to the Smashing Walnuts: Cracking the Cure Gala silent auction!


f you are interested in attending the Gala visit the main site:

(the following is from

The 3rd Annual Smashing Walnuts
"Cracking the Cure" Gala!
Ritz Carlton, Tyson's Corner ~ Saturday, March 19th, 2016

We are thrilled to once again welcome Larry Michael, the "Voice of the Washington Redskins", as our event Emcee and Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the NIH as one of our featured speakers. Join us as as we continue our fight against Childhood Cancer and our mission to cure Childhood Brain Cancer through funding of targeted scientific research and clinical trials.

Enjoy sumptuous cuisine, an incredible silent and live auction and a spectacular after party with dancing.

What is this Gala about?

Smashing Walnuts Foundation was started by 10-year old Gabriella Miller and her family after Gabriella was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor the size of a walnut. Gabriella smashed walnuts with a frying pan to symbolize "smashing" her tumor. 
The Smashing Walnuts Foundation mission is to cure Childhood Brain Cancer by funding targeted research and clinical trails. We are an organization dedicated to raising much needed awareness of Childhood Cancer and in particular it's DEADLIEST FORM in kids
under 18, Childhood Brain Cancer.

Quick Facts:

  • Childhood Brain Cancer is NOT THE SAME as Adult Brain Cancer. It is a DIFFERENT Cancer.
  • Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease past infancy among U.S. Children.
  • Brain and Central Nervous system tumors are the leading cause of Cancer-related death in Children.
  • Less than 4% of tax-payer funded National Cancer Institute's (NCI) entire annual budget is dedicated to Childhood Cancer.
  • In 2014, there were 10,000+ new Childhood Cancer cases reported within the U.S. alone.
  • There have been NO NEW cancer treatments developed in 30+ years and NO treatments developed specifically for Children.

Children are dying every day waiting for promising new treatments that lack funding.

This is NOT OK.  Our Children deserve better.

How Smashing Walnuts began:
In November 2012, 9-year-old Gabriella Miller was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor known as DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma).  Her parents were told it was "terminal upon diagnosis". Without treatment she would have weeks to live – with treatment maybe a year.  Her family described the size of her tumor as that of a walnut.  Gabriella began smashing walnuts with a frying pan every night to help her visualize what she wanted radiation and chemotherapy treatments to do to her tumor. 

During the time between Gabriella's diagnosis and her death in October 2013, she became a global advocate for children with cancer. She spoke on the Washington Mall. She co-authored a children's book about cancer.  She raised close to

 $300,000 for childhood cancer foundations prior to starting her own foundation, Smashing Walnuts.  She was featured on CNN, The Today Show and dozens of regional news networks for her advocacy work.  Journalists covering Gabriella's story earned five Emmy awards.

Hear Gabriella's powerful words from CureFest 2013 here

Please forward this info to anyone who would be interested!

Stay sweet!