The world is made up of drop-down lists, pop-up menus and autofills. Everywhere we go, we get to choose coffee flavors, Instagram filters, iPod colors...
Nobody likes to be told there are no options. Especially a parent in the quest of their child's joy.
But that's exactly where we were in the spring of 2009—at the end of Pablo's chemotherapy regimen for Wilms Tumor—when new tumor growths were discovered in his lungs.
No helpful suggestion boxes or search menus appeared before us. The doctors told us what we already knew; despite the thousands of hours dedicated to ridding Pablo's body of cancer, it was back, and there were no more medical options for him.
From that day on, his life became an incessant search for fun and excitement—taking photos, going to the park, running and laughing, and doing the things that didn't fit on the schedule during 11 months of treatment.
At the end of this all-too-brief run of fun—10 weeks—we had to do the hardest thing imaginable as parents. We had to say goodbye to our little boy.
If you want to know the truth, the actions and activities of The Pablove Foundation follow the simple aim of our little boy: 1. Let the kids have fun in a place where cancer isn't welcome through programs like Pablove Shutterbugs; 2. Help search for a cure through our Research Grants, so someday kids won't have to get stuck with needles; and 3. Give mom, dad, and friends a place to burn off the pressures of it all on the road during Pablove Across America or Team Pablove races.
In three years, The Pablove Foundation has cycled 7,000 miles through 28 states, bringing smiles, toys, and music into 16 children's hospitals. PAA 2012 was especially significant, as we rolled through the battlefields of the Revolutionary and Civil wars—and touched pavement along the East Coast for the very first time. Will you fly the flag of awareness with a tax-deductible gift?
Pablove Shutterbugs has put cameras in the hands of over 125 kids living with cancer. From our very first summer camp to a partnership with 46 Mommas Shave for the Brave, 2012 was just a taste of the milestones ahead for our amazing photography program. Will you grow our programs with a tax-deductible gift?
We've put the power back into parents' hands, by educating them on the information they need to navigate the world of childhood cancer. We brought the country's experts on Pediatric Brain Tumors straight to families this November at our third annual Symposium. Will you empower parents with a tax-deductible gift?
We've funded a group of cutting-edge pediatric cancer research studies. Our aim? A world where no parent has to be told that they are out of options.
Will you make this possible with a tax-deductible gift?
Whether you've donated a dollar or $1000... whether you've simply clicked LIKE on our Facebook page... whether you've known us for three days, or three years.... or you've turned yourself into an athletic warrior to run 26 miles in the name of Pablove...we have two words to say to you: thank you.
We are two parents working to make a difference. We have no other choice. For as long as we are here, we will carry on, in the name of our little boy—Pablo—and the emotion he burned into our hearts—Love. And while we do, we need your help.
So today, at the end of the holiday season, we humbly ask that you help us continue this journey by donating to The Pablove Foundation.
There's still time to make a tax-deductible gift before we turn the page and head into 2013.
We send our very best to you and your family and wish you all a happy and healthy New Year.
Jo Ann + Jeff