Our signature 8-week Pablove Shutterbugs photography program for children and teens living with cancer in Southern California is just one month away! We are still urgently seeking volunteer photographers to serve as mentors so each student who has enrolled in the course can participate. Professional photographers or photography students in the following areas are especially encouraged to apply:
- North San Fernando Valley (Granada Hills, Northridge, Sylmar, Burbank, La Crescenta)
- Thousand Oaks/Calabasas
- San Gabriel Valley (Alhambra, San Dimas, West Covina, Diamond Bar)
- Downey/Pico Rivera/Norwalk/Cerritos
- Montebello/Whittier/La Habra
- Anaheim/Fullerton/Yorba Linda
Learning photography concepts alongside other kids undergoing similar experiences empowers pediatric cancer patients to express themselves, exercise their independence, and practice new ways of seeing – all while having fun!
Volunteer Mentors work directly with their students through a mix of one-on-one lessons at the student’s home and group classes at our Hollywood classroom. Mentors receive extensive training about working with families affected by cancer and will follow a basic photography curriculum established by Pablove Shutterbugs.
Our upcoming Los Angeles program starts January 11, 2014 and ends on March 15, 2014. Mentors are required to attend three mentor meetings: orientation/training, mid-term check-in, and a wrap-up session.
Interested do-gooders may apply by visiting http://pablove.org/shutterbugs or emailing email@example.com for an application.
Are you a last-minute holiday shopper?
We’ve got you covered! On December 17 and 18, all orders of $75 or more receive free standard shipping at shop.pablove.org. You’ll get your gifts in time for Christmas and fight childhood cancer with love! December 18 is the last day to Shop Pablove, so don’t wait to place your orders.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2019 today, titled the “Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act.” The bill is named in memory of Gabriella Miller, a young girl who left a legacy of a tenacious fight for childhood cancer awareness in spite of her inoperable brain tumor. From the official summary of the bill:
Specifically, the bill terminates funding from the Presidential Election Campaign Fund for political party conventions (the Democratic and Republican Party National Conventions received $36.5 million in taxpayer subsidies in 2012). Over the next ten years this will save $126 million. This $126 million is then authorized to be spent on pediatric medical research activities through the Common Fund at NIH. The Common Fund supports transformative research that requires the coordination and collaboration of two or more research institutes and centers at NIH. To ensure that funding reaches the intended target (pediatric research), the bill directs that the spending be drawn from a new Pediatric Research Initiative Fund. Because the NIH is a discretionary program and funded through the annual appropriations process, the Pediatric Research Initiative Fund provides an easy mechanism whereby the public can hold Congress and the Administration accountable to ensuring that each year pediatric research receives the funds that are being authorized under this bill. In addition, the Pediatric Research Initiative Fund will be able to receive additional funding as other bills are considered to reprioritize other lower-priority programs to pediatric research.
A CNN article reports that the bill will not be considered by the Senate. To help, write or call your Senator to express support for the legislation. Congratulations to the organizations that worked hard on the Kids First Research Act!