Childhood cancer is serious and unfortunate, no parent ever wants to deal with this possibility. Growing up, one of my classmates was diagnosed with leukemia and thankfully she survived and continued on to lead a full childhood and is now a grown adult with a family. I remember it was a very serious and sensitive time, we all rallied behind her and her family to provide support and encouragement. When I received information about The Pablove Foundation in my inbox I knew right away I would share their news on my blog.
Here is some information about how the foundation came to be:
“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.”
Here are some awesome events happening this spring that might be of interest to attend and/or participate in across the nation:
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:
Los Angeles 8 week program Saturdays, February 27 – April 16, 2016
Alumni Summer Camp Wednesday, June 15 – Friday, June 17, 2016
New York 5 week program Saturdays, April 9 – May 7, 2016
New Orleans 5 week program Saturdays, April 16 – May 14, 2016
San Francisco Bay 5 week program Saturdays, April 23 – May 21, 2016
Austin 5 week program Saturdays, April 30 – May 28, 2016
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 Sunday, October 2. The ride funds The Pablove Foundation’s essential programs such as childhood cancer research grants; annual educational symposiums; and Pablove Shutterbugs.
The 4th Annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Golf Tournament (Friday, May 6th) -with The Pablove Foundation and friends from the music and entertainment industries — is an 18-hole, four-player scramble held at the beautiful Angeles National Golf Club.
The 2nd Annual Pablove Tennis Classic presented by WME (Sunday, May 15th)– the day of non-stop doubles tennis action and fun, all fighting childhood cancer at Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center.
Until next time!