We are proud to announce the 13 award recipients of the LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project! Our partnership with the LIVESTRONG Foundation will allow us to expand Pablove Shutterbugs – our signature arts program to teach photography to children living with cancer – to 13 new cities this Fall.
The 13 new communities with a Pablove Shutterbugs program are:
- Akron Children’s Hospital – Akron, OH
- Children’s Hospital Colorado – Aurora, CO
- Dell Children’s Medical Center – Austin, TX
- Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital – Hackensack, NJ
- Lehigh Valley Health Network – Bethlehem, PA
- Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital – Palo Alto, CA
- Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital – Tacoma, WA
- Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge – Greenville, NC
- Randall Children’s Hospital – Portland, OR
- Sanford Health at Roger Maris Cancer Center – Fargo, ND
- Stony Brook Children’s Hospital – Stony Brook, NY
- The Art Shack – Doral, FL
- The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA
More than 24,000 votes were cast nationwide to bring Pablove Shutterbugs to new communities through the LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project. The CIP replicates established cancer care programs across the United States annually. Pablove Shutterbugs was selected for its proven ability to provide necessary programming and support to cancer patients and survivors and their families both during and post treatment.
“We have followed and admired the LIVESTRONG Foundation since launching our grassroots organization in 2009, so it was a true honor to be selected as a Community Impact Project model program,” said Jo Ann Thrailkill, executive director and co-founder of The Pablove Foundation. “We could not be more thrilled to be able to teach the art of photography to children living with cancer in 13 new communities through this award – a groundbreaking moment of growth for Pablove.”
“We are so appreciative of everyone who took action to bring the Community Impact Project to their communities,” said Doug Ulman, LIVESTRONG Foundation president and CEO. “The LIVESTRONG Foundation fights to improve the lives of people affected by cancer today, and by immediately implementing these proven programs that provide critical emotional and practical support to those facing cancer, we are helping more people live life on their own terms. We take great pride in this opportunity to advance our mission.”
Pablove Shutterbugs, the signature arts program of The Pablove Foundation, teaches children living with cancer to express their creative voice through the art of photography. Students learn the principles and techniques of photography through carefully crafted lessons on composition, perspective, and storytelling. Pablove Shutterbugs aims to increase a student’s sense of joy, encourage creative thinking, foster self-esteem and develop independence. Students keep their point-and-shoot camera kit upon completion of the program to continue practicing creative expression for years to come.
In addition to the LIVESTRONG Foundation’s financial support, the chosen organizations will receive a toolkit consisting of facilitator manuals, participant materials and evaluation forms; training and support from The Pablove Foundation; and access to additional tools and resources. Recruitment for Regional Teaching Artists and volunteers to staff the programs will begin in late Spring. Pablove Shutterbugs classes will launch in the new communities in September and October.