Our pablove 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. The whole extended community affected by his diagnosis—friends, teachers, classmates and neighbors—wrapped its collective arms around him and our family. Their love inspired us and we decided to start The Pablove Foundation.
Too many families are placed on a similar journey, with no warning or guidance. Like all parents of a child diagnosed with cancer, we wanted a cure. But we also knew that providing kids with an outlet and the opportunity to develop a creative voice during their treatment was 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:
It’s what we call fighting childhood cancer with love.
Today, Pablove Shutterbugs, our signature photography program for kids 6-18 with cancer, has served 1,500 students in eight cities across the country, and we’ve provided more than $2.5 million in seed funding for daring pediatric cancer researchers on the leading edge of their fields worldwide. And we get to see our art + science approach come full circle with 100% of proceeds from the sales of Shutterbugs prints directly funding pediatric cancer research.
Thank you for visiting us here – and for spreading the pablove!