About The Pablove Foundation
Our (pab)Love Story
When a child is diagnosed with cancer, an entire community is diagnosed with cancer. Mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, schoolmates, neighbors—even cyberspace friends—are moved by something we all feel intuitively: kids should never have to experience cancer.
Our (pab)love story began in 2008, when our son Pablo was diagnosed with bilateral Wilms Tumor, a rare form of childhood cancer. From the day of his diagnosis, we took to the blogosphere to keep our loved ones up-to-date on Pablo’s progress…to vent…and to preserve our countless happy moments with him. Soon, our oldest friends were rallying alongside perfect strangers to help our family through each day.
Even with love pouring in from around the world, our “happily ever after” didn’t come: Pablo passed away six days after his sixth birthday. On that day more than any other, our amazing community wrapped its collective arms around us—and their love inspired us. In this exchange, The Pablove Foundation was born.
Pablove’s mission is based on our own journey with childhood cancer: our impassioned desire to find a cure, our search for information as parents trying to make informed decisions about our child’s treatment, and our desire to allow Pablo to still be a kid while he was in treatment.
Too many families like ours are on a similar journey. That’s why The Pablove Foundation is dedicated to our mission to:
- Invest in underfunded, cutting-edge pediatric cancer research
- Inspire cancer families through education
- Improve the lives of children living with cancer through the arts
It’s what we call fighting childhood cancer with love. Here’s how to make a donation.
thank you for your continued pablove,
Why Childhood Cancer?
Childhood cancer remains the most deadly disease among children and teens, killing more kids each year than AIDS, asthma, diabetes, and cystic fibrosis combined. Survivors are faced with long-term problems like organ and fertility damage, psychosocial issues, and even secondary cancers.
When a child is diagnosed with cancer, an entire community begins a cancer journey. Parents, siblings, classmates, and friends are all affected by the emotional, financial, and systemic toll childhood cancer leaves in its wake.
Pediatric cancer is a complex problem. That is why The Pablove Foundation approaches the challenge through our unique three-pronged mission – funding innovative research, educating families, and helping kids with cancer just be kids.
Where The Money Goes
Here’s how we put your donations to work:
- We have awarded $900,000 in innovative Childhood Cancer Research Grants to leading institutions worldwide
- Our annual Childhood Cancer Symposiums on in-demand topics like rare childhood cancers and survivorship bring families together with the world’s leading medical experts
- Pablove Shutterbugs, our program that teaches the art of photography to children and teens living with cancer, serves children in California, New York, Louisiana, and expanded to 13 new communities in Fall 2014
- We have provided play programs at 16 pediatric hospitals across the country, were a signature supporter of the 2013 Songs for Kids nationwide tour, and sponsor the Teen Impact Retreat for patients of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles