Name: Marvin Malzahn
What is your job? Photographer
What social causes are most important to you? Children, they are our future.
What charity do you support – and how?
Starlight Children’s Foundation. Our book, Tattoo Stories, donates 40% of each book sold to help seriously ill children and their families in need.
Why do you have a passion for this one in particular, is there a personal tie?
I have a big heart for kids. We were all kids once and it’s the things that we experience as children that mold us into the unique individuals we are as adults. So many kids in this world are dealing with illness, handicaps and more that they don’t always get that opportunity to just be a kid. Starlight helps them have those times to get away from the everyday struggles they deal with to just be a kid and enjoy life as a kid. That’s the best thing in the world in my opinion. I loved being a kid. I’m still a big kid at heart.
Is there a particular way you would want to encourage readers to be involved?
There are a number of different ways to support Starlight—from donating, to volunteering, to following Starlight on Facebook and Twitter so that you can take action in its campaigns and fundraisers. Of course purchasing Tattoo Stories is a great way too! There are so many things you can do to help Starlight brighten the lives of seriously ill children. There are many more ideas at www.starlight.org/howtohelp.
How would you define social responsibility?
We, as adults, have a social responsibility to nurture and take care of our children in this world. They are our future. We need to love them, educate them, show them compassion and teach them how to be caring so they grow up to be good people.
Do you have any tattoos that relate to your social work?
I have a tattoo of one of my favorite people in this lifetime, Albert Einstein. And a famous quote by him that says ‘Imagination is more important then knowledge.’ Einstein has inspired me for many years, and his quote is what I’ve based my company name on, Smart Imagination. As children we should all take the time to dream and imagine. The knowledge will come in time. Without imagination where would this world be? Without imagination we wouldn’t have Disneyland.