The Pablove Foundation was founded by loving parents Jeff Castelaz and Jo Ann Thraikill in May 2007, after their four-year-old son Pablo Castelaz was diagnosed with bilateral Wilms Tumor, a rare form of childhood cancer. After a valiant fight against the disease, Pablo passed away just six days past his sixth birthday on June 27, 2009. Imbued with his spirit and inspired by his strength, The Pablove Foundation is dedicated to the daily, global fight against childhood cancer and the suffering that comes in its wake.
As a mom, you can appreciate what these families are going through and how Pablove can help. Since 2010, more than $1 million has been raised to support research grants at 16 institutions worldwide. The grants support a range of innovators in childhood cancer research who are investigating unique ways to increase survivorship and decrease complications, enabling kids to live healthy lives after cancer. Additionally, Pablove creates programs to inspire cancer families through education as well as improve the lives of children living with cancer through the arts.
The Pablove Shutterbugs program teaches children living with cancer to develop their creative voice through the art of photography. The 5 or 8 week mentorship program will allow students to learn various techniques and showcase their work for their annual Pablove Gallery Show.
Upcoming Shutterbugs programs include: the Los Angeles 8 week program (Saturdays, ), Alumni Summer Camp (), the New York 5 week program (Saturdays, ), theNew Orleans 5 week program (Saturdays, ), the San Francisco Bay 5 week program (Saturdays, ), and the Austin 5 week program (Saturdays, ).
Check out this video of the kids in action here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
The 8th annual Pablove Across America registration is open to the public now at pablove.org/paa. The bike ride from the Bay Area (SF) to LA and will cover 550 miles as the cyclists traverse the Golden State on . The ride funds The Pablove Foundation’s essential programs such as childhood cancer research grants; annual educational symposiums; and Pablove Shutterbugs.
Check out the video of riders here: https://www.youtube.com/