1050.1264129534.customThanks to single mom Stephanie Abrams Kerrizane.com is now included in receiving  #GiveBackNews weekly updates. Stephanie and her organization will share stories of hope and inspiration with us.This weeks stories are about athletic teens who put a lot of heart into giving back to their community, and several upcoming events where you can give back.

17 year old Jonah Vandever is competing in the Challenged Athletes Foundation’s Triathlon. He was born without a forehead, missing fingers, toes and with his knees on backwards but he was also born with a strong spirit that kept him pushing past every obstacle. Now, after many surgeries and with new prosthetics, he can walk, run and even ski. His determination impressed the late Robin Williams, who had originally planned to team up with Jonah in this year’s triathlon.

When SAG Awards publicist Rosalind Jarrett Sepulveda heard about Jonah’s story she decided to sponsor him with her husband Lamar. The Los Angeles couple has participated in the CAF Triathlon since 2009 as team Pay it Forward, and this they’re competing side by side with Jonah. If you’d like to help their team and Jonah visit www.payitforwardchallenge.org.

Pacific Palisades teen Zachary Senator headed up the top fundraising team at UCLA’s “Dribble For a Cure” last weekend, for the sixth year in a row. His group, Team Jackson, raised $29,063 in his younger brother’s memory.

There are several upcoming #GiveBack events in the Los Angeles area. In Thousand Oaks, an opportunity to learn about housing options for seniors with Senior Concerns, in West LA a luncheon benefiting Grief Haven, and the first annual Drumstick Dash at CBS Studios will raise money for homeless families with Hope of the Valley.

If you have a #GiveBackNews story idea, share it with us, and help us make a difference one story at a time! Email news@givebackpr.org.

1039887_10152730901123169_2325743434371951448_oStephanie Abrams started #GiveBackNews as a volunteer effort to raise awareness about inspiring stories and opportunities to give back throughout the Los Angeles area. Abrams was a CBS reporter and anchor serving local and national broadcasts for 18 years. Following her work in television she spearheaded the first social media outreach and team development for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Now she runs Give Back PR working with charities, nonprofits and corporations.