There’s nothing more heart-wrenching than a child in need, who has nowhere to turn. Worse, one who is sick that doesn’t have the resources and help needed to get better.
While there are more charities that one could possibly count, all of which claiming to advocate some noble cause, few focus their efforts entirely on kids – like the Pablove Foundation.
Better still, Pablove turns to the heritage of the bicycle as its instrument of goodwill, and with every turn of pedal, raises money and awareness to help children fight cancer.
As a cycling collective, we view the Pablove story is an especially important one.
OUR (PAB)LOVE STORY
When a child is diagnosed with cancer, an entire community is diagnosed with cancer. Mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, schoolmates, neighbors—even cyberspace friends—are moved by something we all feel intuitively: kids should never have to experience cancer.
Our (pab)love story began in 2008, when our son Pablo was diagnosed with bilateral Wilms Tumor, a rare form of childhood cancer. From the day of his diagnosis, we took to the blogosphere to keep our loved ones up-to-date on Pablo’s progress…to vent…and to preserve our countless happy moments with him. Soon, our oldest friends were rallying alongside perfect strangers to help our family through 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 our own journey with childhood cancer: our impassioned desire to find a cure, our search for information as 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.
WHAT WE FUND
To call pediatric cancer research “underfunded” is putting it lightly. Among the 12 different types of childhood cancers – yes, there are 12, with dozens of subtypes – the rarest of cancers go for decades without any progress.
Although we’ve made great strides in treating some childhood cancers in the past 50 years, current treatment protocols cause long-term, chronic health problems for survivors like organ damage, fertility issues, and even secondary cancers.
We seek solutions for the underdogs – the rare childhood cancers – so kids living with cancer don’t just survive, but thrive.
Since 2010, we have awarded $1,150,000 in Childhood Cancer Research Grants to sixteen institutions worldwide. Our researchers are searching for more effective treatment options, and for a better understanding of how childhood cancers behave.
Pablove Across America (PAA) is a pro-plus experience with a world-class support crew and the energy of 50 cyclists riding for a cause. Join us in crossing California, starting east of San Francisco, moving into Yosemite National Park, tracing the Sierra Mountain foothills, rolling through Sequoia National Park, and landing in Los Angeles.
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