Our Love Story

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It starts with Pablo

Pablove’s story began in 2008, when Pablo Thrailkill Castelaz was diagnosed with bilateral Wilms Tumor, a rare form of childhood cancer. After 13 months of treatment, Pablo passed away just six days after his sixth birthday. His dad then rode his bike from Florida to California to raise awareness, and while he pedaled the family’s community came together and opened a PayPal account. They presented it to Pablo’s parents with a $250,000 balance and the Pablove Foundation was born.

Our Love Story

It starts with Pablo

Pablove’s story began in 2008, when Pablo Thrailkill Castelaz was diagnosed with bilateral Wilms Tumor, a rare form of childhood cancer. After 13 months of treatment, Pablo passed away just six days after his sixth birthday. His dad then rode his bike from Florida to California to raise awareness, and while he pedaled the family’s community came together and opened a PayPal account. They presented it to Pablo’s parents with a $250,000 balance and the Pablove Foundation was born.

We fight childhood cancer with love

Providing kids with an outlet and the opportunity to develop a creative voice during their treatment is crucial. That’s why The Pablove Foundation is dedicated to our unique approach of addressing childhood cancer through art + science to realize our mission to:

  • Improve the lives of children living with cancer through the arts
  • Invest in underfunded, cutting-edge pediatric cancer research

It’s what we call fighting childhood cancer with love. We believe that the world can be a better place by embracing joy and hope – even in the darkest moments.

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art + science work hand in hand

Today, Pablove Shutterbugs, our healing arts photography program — now being offered virtually — for kids age 6-18 with cancer, has served nearly 1,300 students in many cities across the country, and we’ve provided more than $3 Million in seed funding for daring pediatric cancer researchers on the leading edge of their fields worldwide.

Our art + science approach comes full circle with 100% of proceeds from the sales of our students’ photos — Pablove Prints — directly funding pediatric cancer research.

we achieve outcomes nationwide

The kids we serve are usually from urban, suburban and even rural regions surrounding major pediatric cancer centers.  They come from many different socio-economic backgrounds and look like America looks.  We are mindful of the fact that cancer knows know prejudice.  Our arts program, Pablove Shutterbugs is offered at no cost to cancer families.

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