Jeff Castelaz

Jeff Castelaz Rides Pablove Across America 2016
  • My Goal:
  • $50,000
  • Raised So Far:
  • $48,109
  • # of Donations:
  • 131
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Cycling has always equated to freedom and fun for me. Cycling has always made me feel alive. Cycling was my way out of a crappy childhood. Riding a bike took me places when I had nowhere to be, and nowhere to go. Cycling became my way to connect with the world.

As a 13-year-old riding on the two-lane roads outside Milwaukee, I began to dream of going faster, going further, and loving the pain in my body as I did those things.

I started teaching my son Pablo how to ride his bike in February 2008. He loved riding. He was all smiles and laughter whenever he was near his bike. It seemed to me that he felt the same way about cycling that me and my friends do. But that all ended in May 2008 when he was diagnosed with cancer. The first thing his doctor told us was that he could no longer ride his bike.

In that one sentence, my dream of handing down the utterly simple joy of riding a bike to my son came to an abrupt halt. Soon after, cancer took much more. It took Pablo's life. Now he’ll never be able to ride with me. 

After he died, I hatched an idea: why not ride my bike a super long distance every day for days on end as a way to get peoples’ attention? To jar them out of their daily lives. To get them to open up their wallets to support the mission of The Pablove Foundation? That idea quickly became a reality, as I rode from St. Augustine, Florida to Los Angeles in 2008. That idea has grown and grown. What began as me and my friend Rick Babington has grown to over 200 riders over six years. And now, as we are about to embark on our seventh PAA, 42 more riders will be added to that number.

This idea has raised almost $3 million so far. 

By now, our concept is proven: the bikes; the riding 100 miles a day; the asking people to contribute money. It works—for everyone. While we are riding PAA, the foundation makes loads of money. And people get to dream their bike-driven dreams. And we carry the names and hearts of kids with cancer across our course every year. 

Chances are, you've supported us over the years. So none of this is news to your ears. 

But here I am, again, this year, asking the same question: can you please click the DONATE HERE button? 

I ride to support the mission of The Pablove Foundation, so that someday I can contribute to the betterment of lives of people who are affected by pediatric cancer. It's that complicated, yes. But it's also that simple.

You work hard for your money, and so do I, so I wouldn't waste your time here. But we are making progress. We are affecting the lives of children and families who are going through this disease. Our community is growing. We are standing up. We are being seen. We are stopping people in their tracks. We have funded over $1.1 million in pediatric cancer research projects all over the world. Why is this significant? Oh, that's easy: it's because pediatric cancer is underfunded and ignored by the big business of the medical industry. If we don't help kids with cancer–and the kids who will be diagnosed in the future–who will? 

Children are the future. Help me to help children deliver the future of the world. 

THANK YOU.

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Jeff Castelaz is fundraising for Pablove Across America 2016 benefiting The Pablove Foundation.

Cycling has always equated to freedom and fun for me. Cycling has always made me feel alive. Cycling was my way out of a crappy childhood. Riding a bike took me places when I had nowhere to be, and nowhere to go. Cycling became my way to connect with the world.

As a 13-year-old riding on the two-lane roads outside Milwaukee, I began to dream of going faster, going further, and loving the pain in my body as I did those things.

I started teaching my son Pablo how to ride his bike in February 2008. He loved riding. He was all smiles and laughter whenever he was near his bike. It seemed to me that he felt the same way about cycling that me and my friends do. But that all ended in May 2008 when he was diagnosed with cancer. The first thing his doctor told us was that he could no longer ride his bike.

In that one sentence, my dream of handing down the utterly simple joy of riding a bike to my son came to an abrupt halt. Soon after, cancer took much more. It took Pablo's life. Now he’ll never be able to ride with me. 

After he died, I hatched an idea: why not ride my bike a super long distance every day for days on end as a way to get peoples’ attention? To jar them out of their daily lives. To get them to open up their wallets to support the mission of The Pablove Foundation? That idea quickly became a reality, as I rode from St. Augustine, Florida to Los Angeles in 2008. That idea has grown and grown. What began as me and my friend Rick Babington has grown to over 200 riders over six years. And now, as we are about to embark on our seventh PAA, 42 more riders will be added to that number.

This idea has raised almost $3 million so far. 

By now, our concept is proven: the bikes; the riding 100 miles a day; the asking people to contribute money. It works—for everyone. While we are riding PAA, the foundation makes loads of money. And people get to dream their bike-driven dreams. And we carry the names and hearts of kids with cancer across our course every year. 

Chances are, you've supported us over the years. So none of this is news to your ears. 

But here I am, again, this year, asking the same question: can you please click the DONATE HERE button? 

I ride to support the mission of The Pablove Foundation, so that someday I can contribute to the betterment of lives of people who are affected by pediatric cancer. It's that complicated, yes. But it's also that simple.

You work hard for your money, and so do I, so I wouldn't waste your time here. But we are making progress. We are affecting the lives of children and families who are going through this disease. Our community is growing. We are standing up. We are being seen. We are stopping people in their tracks. We have funded over $1.1 million in pediatric cancer research projects all over the world. Why is this significant? Oh, that's easy: it's because pediatric cancer is underfunded and ignored by the big business of the medical industry. If we don't help kids with cancer–and the kids who will be diagnosed in the future–who will? 

Children are the future. Help me to help children deliver the future of the world. 

THANK YOU.

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The Campaign:

Pablove Across America 2016

PEDAL WITH PURPOSE. PEDAL FOR PABLOVE. WEEK-LONG RIDE Support The Pablove Foundation and fight

The Organization:

The Pablove Foundation

The mission of The Pablove Foundation is to invest in underfunded, cutting-edge pediatric cancer res...

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