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.