FOCUSED ON A CURE: On May 24, 2010, the day her friend lost her 3-year-old son to cancer, Kim Rosen of Marlborough launched Photos for Cures to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Rosen (inset at left) recently surpassed $10,000 in donations, which she accepts in lieu of payment for her photography services.
Rosen has dedicated a section of her website, www.photosforcures.com, to other photographers who want to follow her example. An amateur photographer who works full time as an executive assistant at Globoforce Ltd. in Southborough, Rosen charges $50 per hour, 100 percent of which is a tax-deductible donation to St. Jude. She performs basic photo editing before uploading the images to a website from which clients can order prints.
Rosen has performed more than 100 weekend photo shoots, raising $10,362. That’s on top of more than $13,000 that Rosen raised for the research hospital separately through fund-raisers and seven years of monthly donations. She takes head shots, family portraits, and posed and candid photos for virtually any event, except weddings.
Rosen said her personal effort to fight pediatric cancer “still means just as much as it did in the beginning, if not more.”
“There are tons of amateur and professional photographers in Massachusetts, and I’d love to help them get started and guide them in the process,” she added. “Every penny gets us closer to St. Jude shutting its doors because pediatric cancer has been cured. I know it probably won’t happen in my lifetime, but when I donate, I feel like I’m doing my part.”
For more information, contact Rosen at email@example.com or www.facebook.com/photosforcures.
KUDOS FOR PERKINS: Newton resident David Morgan, vice president and general manager of the Perkins Products division of the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, was recently presented with the 2012 Innovator of the Year Award from the Worcester-based Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership.
Morgan (inset below) received the award for guiding the design and development of the Perkins SMART Brailler, an interactive learning tool designed to help blind people learn to read and write more independently. The device, which merges audio text-to-speech and hard-copy output with a mechanical Braille writer, enables sighted people to instantly understand the tactile reading system of raised dots.
In addition, Watertown resident Jaimi Lard, a Perkins spokeswoman and graduate, was recently presented this year’s Deaf Community Leader Award by Hamilton Relay, a Nebraska-based provider of telecommunications services for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech disabled. Lard (inset at left), who is deaf and blind, was recognized for her advocacy work on behalf of others with disabilities.
Perkins is one of eight recipients of Boston Business Journal’s annual Leaders in Diversity Awards. The school was recognized in the Workforce Diversity Initiative category for its commitment to ensuring that staff members with visual or other impairments have accessible equipment, resources, and other tools.
LIFETIME OF SERVICE: The Holliston-based Alpha Omega Council recently awarded its 30th annual Lifetime Achievement Award to Holliston native Andrew Natsios for his public service, humanitarianism, and career in politics and government.
Natsios (inset at left) served six terms in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and was administrator of the US Agency for International Development, special envoy to Sudan, vice president of World Vision US, state secretary of administration and finance, and chairman of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority, overseeing the Big Dig from April 2000 to March 2001.
A Gulf War veteran and 23-year member of the US Army Reserve, Natsios now lives in Bryan, Texas, and is an executive professor in the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.
The achievement award was presented by the Hellenic heritage organization’s president, Nicholas Kourtis of Needham, during a ceremony in Boston attended by more than 300 people, including Michael and Kitty Dukakis, former White House chief of staff and secretary of transportation Andrew Card, and Greece’s consul general in Boston, Ilias Fotopoulos.
SURVIVING BRAIN INJURY: The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts will host a workshop, “How You Are SMART: Using Your Strengths to Navigate Life After Brain Injury,” on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon in its offices, Suite 10 at 30 Lyman St. in Westborough.
The workshop will be led by Hopedale resident Barbara Webster, author of “Lost and Found: A Survivor’s Guide for Reconstructing Life After Brain Injury.”
The cost is $5. For more information or to register, visit www.biama.org .
LOCAL ANGLES: Author E. Ashley Rooney’s new book, “Contemporary Boston Architects,” has several ties to her hometown of Lexington.
Bechtel Frank Erickson Architects and Feinmann Inc., both based in Lexington, are among 21 Greater Boston firms featured in her book. Lexington resident Gary Johnson, a principal at Cambridge Seven Associates, tackles Boston’s residential architectural history in the foreword. Rooney’s husband, D. Peter Lund of Lexington, is one of four photographers who captured 400 images illustrating historic and innovative building design and construction trends.