Eleven-year-old Sasha Bogosian was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth and has spent a big part of her life receiving treatment at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She hasn’t let her challenges stop her from pursuing her dreams, however, and thanks to her artwork she has managed to raise thousands for the hospital through The Sasha Project LA.

When she was nine years old Sasha underwent a procedure that put her in an ankle-to-hip cast for 60 days. To keep her occupied during that time, Sasha’s mom Isabell taught her how to paint on clothing. Her new found skill quickly transformed into a passion and Sasha began to paint custom jeans.

Sasha didn’t stop there, however. She wanted to help other patients with her new passion and, together with her mom, she established The Sasha Project LA, a non-profit raising funds for CHLA’s art therapy programs. For a donation Sasha will handpaint your jeans or other denim item and all of the proceeds go to the Mark Taper-Johnny Mercer Artists Program at CHLA, which allows patients and their families the chance to express themselves through dance, drama, visual arts and music.

Sasha’s art work has caught the attention of many celebs who have ordered her custom designs. Now something of a celebrity herself, Sasha and her mom Isabell are starring in a new web series, Real Moms, which follows the stories of ten moms who bond through raising children with life-altering medical conditions.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

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All photos: Courtesy of The Sasha Project LA

 

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