In 2012, Dirty Kanza 200 is proud to support The Pablove Foundation Shutterbugs program in memory of Adrian Lewis Solano. Born and raised in Emporia, KS, Adrian was a healthy, happy 12 yr old in 7th grade. He loved his bike, friends, video games, his family and of course… his dog. Adrian woke up one morning with a bad headache, and that headache changed his life. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor, Nongerminoma germ cell, which was the same cancer Lance Armstrong had. Adrian underwent 4 months of chemotherapy and 2 months of radiation, after which the cancer was gone with a 90% survival rate. Unfortunately, only 1 month into remission, it returned with vengeance. Adrian fought the next 6 months like a champ, but the cancer had no mercy. It took Adrian on Feb 18, 2011.
Sandy Solano, Adrian’s Mother: “The cancer and treatment Adrian had to undergo where so freaking cruel, sometimes I want to tell just how horrible it really was. I think people need to know the truth, the ugly horrible truth of what these kids go through.”
Pablove Shutterbugs is the signature program of The Pablove Foundation. In an educational setting, the 8-week program allows children living with cancer to express and develop their creative voices through the art of photography. Each child receives hands-on experience through a mix of one-on-one weekly instruction and group classes. The students also receive their own camera equipment, which is theirs to keep upon completion of the program. Once a year we celebrate the students’ photographic achievements and raise awareness of childhood cancer with a Pablove Shutterbugs group show at an art gallery.
The Pablove Shutterbugs program currently reaches children in Los Angeles and New York City, and will expand to other cities throughout the United States and introduce photography workshops and summer camps for kids in 2012 and beyond.
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.
A young, growing foundation, Pablove has begun to make its mark. Our first childhood cancer research grants in 2011 totaled $150,000 in funding for innovative research projects. In 2010, The Pablove Foundation held a Wilms Tumor Symposium for patient families and medical professionals, and we hosted a Childhood Cancer Survivorship Symposium this past November. Our Pablove Shutterbugs program teaches children living with cancer to develop their creative voice through the art of photography and we have contributed to child life programs at children’s hospitals across the country.