Past Events

Dear friends,

Our Life in Motion - Elbrus 2017 mission has been accomplished with success! 16-year-old girl, Polina was an inspiration for 9 members of the team, as she climbed the mountain on her prosthetic leg.

Why are we doing this, for the last 6 years – mt. Kilimanjaro, mt. Everest’s Base Camp and now Elbrus? We want to show again and again that all limitations are in our heads and with inside strength people can overcome their fears, push all boundaries and make the impossible - possible. Yes, even climbing the highest mountain on prosthetic legs!

This Elbrus trip was the most challenging of all. Snow, ice, 30 km per hour wind, cold nights with the temperature dropping to negative 25C. We had to walk very slowly, carefully making one step at a time on crampons even having to use a rope and ice-axe at some parts of the mountain.

Everyone had their own goal, reaching a personal peak, widening their own resources, maximizing  their own abilities. We worked together as a team, supporting each other with jokes and laughter -  great friends on the mountain :).

 

After the trip our Polina said: “It is a common opinion that only physically strong people can climb mountains and I wanted to show that my physical challenges are not an obstacle. It was my first summit and I learned many important things - how to give and share, how to support, how to step outside of my comfort zone. I am a different person today.  I am proud of myself and I am looking forward to my future, new peaks in my life."

Will we do it again? Of course!

Thank you everyone who supported us during this 10 day expedition! Your encouraging words were a big part of our success. We truly “Stepped Up” together.

We want to thank our partners - Mitsubishi Corporation (Russia) for sponsoring our Life in Motion -Elbrus multimedia project and WHOA Travel for supporting Polina's hike! Your partnership  helped to make our mission successful.

I am happy to share some photos and TV stories - even if they are in Russian the video requires no comments. To watch them, please click here and here.

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Natasha Shaginian-Needham and the Life in Motion team.


Dear friends and supporters,

Ogilvie House Garden at The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

Ogilvie House Garden at The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

On Wednesday, June 14th, we will celebrate the official launch of Life in Motion!

The event is free, donations are welcome. It will take place at Ogilvie House Garden at The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City.

Space is limited, please RSVP at https://www.smore.com/r15s6-life-in-motion-launch by June 7.

A year ago Happy Families International Center completed its transition to Life in Motion International. The new name soundly reflects the charity’s mission - supporting children with special needs and their motion in life.

The main program "I Want To Walk" helps children get prosthesis, make their first steps on their own and become a confident and integral part of society. The “I Want To Walk” program provides children with physical challenges the opportunity to achieve their goals and reach new peaks every single day.

When we help give these children a chance to walk they can go incredibly far - even reaching the peaks of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Everest – yes, on their prosthetic legs!

We look forward to meeting you at the event!



On February 4th, 2017, Life in Motion Foundation and "Artist" Foundation organized a unique charity concert, the proceeds from which will benefit orphanages in Russia and provide orthopedic treatment for children with disabilities. The concert featured performances of renowned Russian artists and talented children, whose performances made this event particularly more memorable! The event was also widely covered by the Russian news media.

Scroll through the gallery to see some of the wonderful moments of the evening. 

The links to to the Russian media's coverage of the concert:

Channel 1: https://www.1tv.ru/news/2017-02-04/319226-neobyknovennye_deti_na_stsene_vmeste_so_zvezdami_v_ramkah_aktsii_zhizn_v_dvizhenii

Kultura: http://tvkultura.ru/article/show/article_id/166485/

Channel 1 Morning News: https://www.1tv.ru/shows/dobroe-utro/nashi-gosti/evgeniy-mironov-teatr-dlya-vseh-dobroe-utro-fragment-vypuska-ot-01-02-2017

Russia Today: https://russian.rt.com/nopolitics/article/356184-koncert-zvyozdy-kino-deti


Dear Friends, We are excited to announce that we will be co-hosting our annual charity-concert "Life in Motion"! The event will take place on Saturday, February 4th, in Moscow's renowned Theater of Nations. The event will feature some of Russia's most renowned actors and musicians. All proceeds will benefit our efforts to help orphans with disabilities. We hope you are able to join us for this special event!

You can purchase tickets here: http://theatreofnations.ru/performances/blagotvoritelnyi-kontsert-zhizn-v-dvizhenii


On November 18th, join WHOA travel & Happy Families International in celebrating adventurers everywhere who have the courage to conquer mountains every day!

We’re going to be celebrating in true Russian style in honor of Happy Families Int’l and their work in the region. Taste different flavors of vodka and indulge in caviar and blintzes - it’s going to be a fun and inspiring evening! You’ll even be able to put your skills to the test and win prizes with our vodka tasting game. All the money raised will go towards the Happy Families Int’l “I Want to Walk” program which provides orphans with physical challenges the opportunity to achieve their goals and reach new peaks every day. Yes, even the peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro!

$40 SUGGESTED DONATION AT THE DOOR All donations are tax deductable **The more the merrier! Feel free to spread the word and bring your friends!**

RSVP by visiting https://www.facebook.com/events/449433711914514/



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Join us on a photographic adventure and ascend the breathtaking volcanic peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro! This photographic exhibit captures every step of Sasha D'Jamoos and Alex Pohilko, two young men on prostheses, as they lead a team of climbers to conquer the tallest mountain in Africa in 2012 and 2014. You will be enthralled with the vistas and stirred by the extraordinary and limitless abilities of those who have been given the chance to WALK.

Limited edition photographs by acclaimed photographers Eric Johnson and Steve Remich will be available for purchase at the event and online. http://www.happyfamilies.org/photo-orders

Proceeds will benefit the I Want To Walk Program.


On March 3rd at Moscow Museum of Multimedia Arts, Happy Families International Center and the Moscow-based nonprofit "Artist" will hold an opening of a unique photo exhibition "Life in Motion - Kilimanjaro." The exhibition will present wonderful photos of orphans with disabilities who hiked up Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness for Russian orphans! The event will also celebrate the creation of a new organization "Life in Motion"! All of the proceeds from the event will benefit Russian orphans with disabilities.

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Dear friends,

Only 3 days left before NYC Marathon -Run For Children to Walk!

I want to THANK everyone who helped me to raise $3,000 - the Marathon goal for charity run! I would like to raise more and I hope that you can make a small donation which will help a child WALK!

LEARN MORE AND DONATE HERE

I will run 26.2 miles on November 2, please cheer me on and help !

Kind Regards, Natasha (Director of Happy Families Center)


October 2, 2014, Washington DC - Photo Exhibit "Life in Motion - Kilimanjaro"

Join us on a photographic adventure and ascend the breathtaking volcanic peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro! This photographic exhibit captures every step of Sasha D'Jamoos and Alex Pohilko, two young men on prostheses, as they lead a team of climbers to conquer the tallest mountain in Africa in 2012 and 2014. You will be enthralled with the vistas and stirred by the extraordinary and limitless abilities of those who have been given the chance to WALK.

Entrance to the benefit is GRATIS.

DONATIONS gratefully accepted to make a child's DREAM OF WALKING come TRUE!

When:   Thursday, Oct. 2nd, 6:30pm

Where:  Mari Vanna Restaurant, Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, D.C.

Limited edition photographs by acclaimed photographers Eric Johnson and Steve Remich will be able for purchase. 

All proceeds will benefit the "I Want To Walk" Program. RSVP here



February 1, 2014 - Charity Concert "Life in Motion - Fashion, Sport, Dance"

In collaboration with a Moscow-based nonprofit "Artist," Happy Families International Center organized a unique concert, which was held in Moscow's Theatre of Nations. Many of Russia's prominent actors and musicians participated in the event, and it was widely covered by Russian media. The concert showcased several amazing stories of children with disabilities who overcame adversity, learned how to walk and how to adapt to post-orphanage lives. All proceeds from the event benefited orphans with disabilities in need of orthopedic treatment.  


December, 2012 - First Annual Charity Concert "Life in Motion"

On December, 2012, Happy Families International Center, in collaboration with a Moscow-based nonprofit organization "Artist," held the first annual concert "Life in Motion." The event incorporated incredible dance performances from some of the world's best acrobats as well as ballet dancers. All proceeds benefited orphans with disabilities.