The Pablove Foundation are givers
Children and cancer are not a combination that anyone wants to welcome into their lives. The reality is that it happens and it happens to children. Fortunately, there is support for families that can provide sunshine during this stormy time. The pablove foundation is exactly that, sunshine. They provide an awesome shutterbug program for children going through treatment and cured as well as distribute research grants to combat childhood cancer.
I went on a tour of their beautiful headquarters in Hollywood (6607 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028) and learned what The Pablove Foundation is all about. First, they provide millions of dollars in grants to fund research for childhood cancer research. They fill a critical gap in cancer research that only funds 4% of its budget toward understanding and curing childhood cancers.
Joann Thrailkill, Pablo’s mother, and her husband Jeff created The Pablove Foundation. She had such grace about her as she spoke with us about Pablo and how it led her and he husband to start the foundation. The Pablove story began in 2008, when their son Pablo was diagnosed with bilateral Wilms Tumor, a rare form of childhood cancer. From the day of his diagnosis, they were active in keeping their loved ones up-to-date on Pablo’s progress…to vent…and to preserve our countless happy moments with him. Very quickly some of their oldest friends were rallying alongside perfect strangers to help our family through this difficult situation, 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 their own journey with childhood cancer: our impassioned desire to find a cure, our search for information on 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.
Their Hollywood office is the perfect back-drop for aspiring photographers. Children undergoing pediatric cancer treatment have their daily routine disrupted and often miss school for days or weeks at a time. Our program instills a sense of independence and accomplishment in kids whose lives are otherwise dominated by medical treatment.
Our program evaluations have shown that creative expression has the power to uplift the human spirit.
Pablove’s budding photographers experience:
- classes covering key photography concepts such as perspective, light, and shadow, and storytelling through a mix of one-on-one instruction, group classes, and field trips.
- structured curriculum, students complete weekly photo assignments, instilling self-confidence as they practice and master new skills.
- no out of pocket expenses to participating families. Pablove Shutterbugs is supported by grants, corporate donations, and individual gifts to The Pablove Foundation.
- keep your digital point-and-shoot camera kits to continue fostering their creativity.
- open to children who are currently in treatment, as well as those who are off treatment, in remission and survivors for pediatric cancer
Kids need friendships, a creative outlet and the ability to just be a kid.
Since 2010, pablove has awarded more than $2,200,000 in Childhood Cancer Research Grants to over twenty institutions worldwide. With these career development awards, our researchers are searching for more effective treatment options, and for a better understanding of how childhood cancers behave.
- become a Pablove Ambassador
- Join a Pablove Event Committee
- Donate Gift Cards (grocery stores + Amazon)
- Join Team Pablove and participate in one of our endurance events
Purchase Shutterbugs Equipment
- Canon PGI-72 printer ink (call colors)
- Canson Infinity Plantine Fibre Rag 310 GSM Paper (13″x19″)
- Canon Powershot ELPH 190 Cameras
- Sony Mirrorless A6000 Cameras
- Canon Pixma Pro 10 printer
- Register your frequent flyer airline program with Pablove – you still earn rewards and so does Pablove!
Take a tour in one of their offices in Los Angeles, New York, or Chicago, fill out the form linked from their website.
Disclaimer: No monetary compensation was exchanged for this post. This post is for informational purposes only. Images provided by The Pablove Foundation.