We first met The Pablove Foundation during Pablove Across America, a ride across the country to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer. One of the ride’s crew members, Chad Moore, contacted my brother and I to ask if we would serve as guides as the group passed through New York City. We accepted, excited to meet a great group of people and support an amazing cause.
A few days later, we met on the New Jersey side of the George Washington bridge. We spent a little while getting to know one another and hear about the trip so far as last minute preparations were made. There had been a few falls, a broken thumb, and plenty of flat tires and mechanical issues on the way from Boston. As our trip over the bridge and down to New York City’s Central Park progressed, the riders began to tell different kinds of stories though. Stories about the kind of bravery, courage, and strength that you read about in fairy tales, but the characters in these tales weren’t knights and ladies, they were young children. Boys and girls confronted with a battle that no adult should be forced to face, much less an innocent child. The kids in their stories met an unimaginable challenge with grace and bravery.
Some of these children’s tales end happily, others end with sadness and loss. The children whose story ends sadly change the world they leave. Everyone that hears a story of childhood cancer takes away inspiration and perspective. These are the rare kind of stories that inspire people to travel 1,000 miles, from Boston to Raleigh, on two wheels. It’s these stories that have Pablove supporters leaving their normal lives behind, for days, weeks, or more, and dedicating themselves to the cause. We’ve heard their stories, now we want to share those stories with you. We hope you follow along during May, and beyond, as we bring you the stories of The Pablove Foundation, our Cause of the Month.
Pablo Thrailkill Castelaz
June 21, 2003 — June 27, 2009
The mission of The Pablove Foundation is to fund pediatric cancer research and advances in treatment, educate and empower cancer families, and improve the quality of life for children living with cancer through hospital play, music and arts programs.
The Pablove Foundation is named after Pablo Thrailkill Castelaz, the son of Jo Ann Thrailkill and Jeff Castelaz and the little brother of Grady Gallagher. Pablo was six years old when he lost his valiant yearlong battle with bilateral Wilms Tumor, a rare form of childhood cancer. Imbued with his spirit and inspired by his strength, Pablove is dedicated to the daily, global fight against childhood cancer and the suffering that comes in its wake.
We fight on in order to amplify one simple message: kids get cancer too.
Your support of The Pablove Foundation helps us help kids with cancer.
If you’d like to join us and generate donations everytime you shop online and search the web through We-Care.com, visit pablove.we-care.com/getstarted