A Courageous Kid

A two-time cancer survivor’s story of resilience

By Jackie Berg

Keep fighting. That’s the adage of cancer survivor Donald (DJ) Smith.

The remarkable college student has accomplished a lot within 22 years, but his greatest achievement to date is conquering a condition that might have defeated even the strongest of individuals.

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A Young Artist Captures the Spirit of Detroit

By Jackie Berg
First printed in Living Well

Brandon FosterEveryone has a story. And, for many Detroit area youth, it begins with seemingly unshakable tenacity.

It is what separates and defines us, according to Brandon Foster, a 22-year old student, artist and native Detroiter.

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How Teen Entrepreneur Veunita Garrison Flipped Her Script

By Jackie Berg
First printed in the Michigan Chronicle

VenuitaThe cover tells the story. That’s the adage of the publication industry driven by consumer appeal.

If a consumer likes what he sees on a magazine cover, he’s more likely to want to look at what’s inside, according to Juan Sifuentes, a respected industry veteran known for his award-winning designs and graphic designer of the Michigan Chronicle’s LivingWELL Magazine.

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Much Love

Watch this great video about a community in Detroit that worked to improve their schools. Where they once had a graduation rate of under 50%, they now have 82 seniors graduating, all of whom were accepted to college. All it took was a new system to help the students learn that they can succeed.

“Success is contagious. That’s something that people don’t realize. Once you realize you can do it, you start finding that everything falls into place after that.”