A Gift to Pablove’s Kids

December 24, 2015

The holidays are a wonderful time of year. We get time off. We travel. We celebrate with family and friends. We create lasting memories with our kids. It’s an emotionally and spiritually warm time of year.

It’s also a time of great challenge for kids with cancer and their families. As a mother who has lived through the holidays in a children’s hospital, I know this personally. That’s why, at this magical time of year, I’m asking you and your family to share your (pab)love with the kids everywhere who must endure cancer.

Recently on our blog, Dr. Andras Heczey, one of our Childhood Cancer Research Grant Recipients, discussed the importance of funding seed grants. Andras and his wife Mary, a pediatric surgeon, were (coincidentally) part of Pablo’s medical team at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Since that time, they have also become parents themselves.

In that blog post, Dr. Heczey introduced our Year-End Fundraising Campaign. The goal: raise $50,000 by New Year’s Day. We want to fund one more seed grant in our 2016 grant cycle. That’s one more innovative young researcher working to help kids of today, tomorrow, and the future. As of today, over HALF that amount has been raised.

Won’t you help us reach our goal right now?

‘Research’ is such a broad term. There are real kids behind all of this. They are the reason we do this. They are the faces you should see when you consider supporting us.


So today, I’d like to introduce you to Matthew, one of our Pablove Shutterbugs students. Matthew was diagnosed with hepatoblastoma, a rare form of liver cancer, when he was just eight months old. Since then, tumors have been discovered in one of his lungs and in his brain. What we envision is really quite simple: a world where kids like Matthew are cured. And physicians and researchers like Dr. Heczey discover those cures.

In fact, Pablove is funding Dr. Heczey’s study to strengthen white blood cells in kids with liver cancer. His goal: to make these cells attack the liver cancer cells, ultimately ridding a child’s body of cancer.

Please make a donation today so that we can continue to provide seed funds to promising researchers. With your help, we are making progress for kids like Matthew. Your gift TODAY will help us meet our New Year’s Eve goal, and we will ring in the new year with (Pab)love.

With gratitude
Jo Ann Thrailkill
President + CEO

P.S. Donate $100 or more and receive this amazing poster which illustrates Dr. Heczey’s research – lovingly created by Rachel Ignotofsky.



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