Sasha is soft spoken, but her painted jeans speak volumes.
She is a dreamer, a doer, a thinker. She sees possibility everywhere and the secret opportunities hidden inside every failure. She believes that everything has beauty, especially her imperfections. Her intentions are gold: she was born with glitter in her veins. She surrounds herself in love and shines amongst those who never believed she could. She is fearless and exudes self-confidence. She jumps first and figures out how to unfold her wings as she falls. She is Sasha.
Sasha dictates when she paints, how she paints, and where she paints. Painting denim began as a fun craft as well as art therapy. As she began to enjoy making art in her backyard, Sasha, with the help of her mom, came up with the idea to give back to her community. After they gave the idea more thought, Sasha and her mom decided to take their idea one step further, and established a nonprofit organization, The Sasha Project LA.
Sasha came into this world on May 21, 2008 having suffered a stroke during childbirth. From the day she was born, Sasha has been living with Cerebral Palsy (CP). To help manage and improve the physical challenges of her CP, she participates in strength building activities like hippotherapy (therapeutic horse back riding), rock climbing, and attends physical and occupational therapy every week, but never without a smile! She also Sasha spends two weeks at CHLA's Handy Heroes Occupational Summer camp every year, where she first encountered art therapy.
Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) has been a second home to Sasha. From emergency admittance for seizures to check-ups to physical therapy, the doctors, nurses, therapists, and staff have been there every step of the way. Most recently, Sasha underwent an innovative and corrective leg surgery. The surgery left her in a full leg cast for eight weeks. Although the recovery process was challenging, she recovered in style. Sasha could often be spotted cruising around Larchmont Village in a wheelchair adorned with butterflies and glitter! Exceeding her doctor's expectations, she made a quick recovery and was back to walking by the end of the summer.
The Sasha Project LA has generated more positive conversations around the healing effects of art on children. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from The Sasha Project LA are donated to CHLA’s art therapy programs, programs that have helped Sasha heal through art. On every piece of denim Sasha paints, there are three hearts that represent “healing through art.” It is our mission to bring art therapy programs to children in communities across the globe, one painted piece of denim at a time.