Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC Named LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project Finalist and Award Recipient

April 22, 2014 09:19 AM

13 sites wereannounced as beneficiaries of The Pablove Foundation’s Pablove Shutterbugs photography program for children and teens as part of the LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project. These 13 organizations will be awarded $12,595 each in addition to training and tools to help replicate and implement the program in their community. The Pablove Shutterbugs program is one of three proven cancer support programs included in the 2014 Community Impact Project selected by the LIVESTRONG Foundation, a top-rated non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by cancer today. More than 100 qualified hospitals, cancer centers, university students and community organizations in seven regions across the U.S. were selected to participate in the online voting campaign that determined the award recipients.

“We have followed and admired the LIVESTRONG Foundation since launching our grassroots organization in 2009, so it was a true honor to be selected as a Community Impact Project,” said Jo Ann Thrailkill, executive director and co-founder of The Pablove Foundation. “We could not be more thrilled to be able to teach the art of photography to children living with cancer in 13 new communities through this award – a groundbreaking moment of growth for Pablove.”

“We are so appreciative of everyone who took action to bring the Community Impact Project to their communities,” said Doug Ulman, Foundation president and CEO. “The LIVESTRONG Foundation fights to improve the lives of people affected by cancer today, and by immediately implementing these proven programs that provide critical emotional and practical support to those facing cancer, we are helping more people live life on their own terms. We take great pride in this opportunity to advance our mission.”

Pablove Shutterbugs, the signature arts program of The Pablove Foundation, teaches children living with cancer to express their creative voice through the art of photography. Students learn the principles and techniques of photography through carefully crafted lessons on composition, perspective, and storytelling. Pablove Shutterbugs aims to increase a student’s sense of joy, encourage creative thinking, foster self-esteem and develop independence. Students keep their point-and-shoot camera kit upon completion of the program to continue practicing creative expression for years to come.

In addition to the Foundation’s financial support, the chosen organizations will receive a toolkit consisting of facilitator manuals, participant materials and evaluation forms; training and support from the model program’s staff; and access to additional tools and resources.

The Pablove Shutterbugs finalist organizations for the Community Impact Project were determined through an online voting campaign that accumulated more than the 100,000 votes over an 18-day period (March 24-April 11). Finalists for the awards were determined by individual votes within each region. The 2014 Shutterbugs recipients are:


  • Akron Children’s Hospital – Akron, Ohio
  • The Art Shack – Doral, Fla.
  • Children’s Hospital Colorado – Aurora, Colo.
  • The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Dell Children’s Medical Center – Austin, Texas
  • Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital – Hackensack, N.J.
  • Lehigh Valley Health Network – Bethlehem, Pa.
  • Lucile Packard Foundation for Children – Palo Alto, Calif.
  • Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital – Tacoma, Wash.
  • Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge – Greenville, N.C.
  • Randall Children’s Hospital Foundation, Portland, Ore.
  • Sanford Health, Roger Maris Cancer Center – Fargo, N.D.
  • Stony Brook Children’s – Stony Brook, N.Y.




About Hackensack University Medical Center

HackensackUMC, a nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,140 beds, nearly 10,000 employees and 2,200 credentialed physicians.HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey and one of the top three New York metro area hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital rankings for 2013-14. It also received 10 national rankings in: Cancer; Cardiology & Heart Surgery; Ear, Nose & Throat; Gastroenterology & GI Surgery; Geriatrics; Neurology & Neurosurgery; Orthopedics; Pulmonology; Urology; and the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital ranked as one of the Top 50 Best Children’s Hospitals for Neurology and Neurosurgery in the 2013-14 Best Children’s Hospitals list. The children’s hospital is housed with the Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital in the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Center using the highest “green building” standards, and was included on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is among Healthgrades® America’s Best 100 Hospitals in five different areas – more than any other hospital in the state, is one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ for seven years in a row, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 12 years in a row. The medical center has also been named a Leapfrog Top Hospital, and received 22 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls, and remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit:   


About The Pablove Foundation and Pablove Shutterbugs

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 like Pablove Shutterbugs. Pablove Shutterbugs currently serves children living with cancer age 6-18 through photography courses, summer camps, and workshops in Los Angeles, New York, and New Orleans. 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. Learn more at

About the LIVESTRONG Foundation
The LIVESTRONG Foundation fights to improve the lives of people affected by cancer now. Created in 1997, the Foundation is known for providing free cancer support services and advocating for policies that improve access to care and quality of life. Known for its powerful brand – LIVESTRONG – the Foundation has become a symbol of hope and inspiration around the world. Since its inception, the Foundation has served 2.5 million people affected by the disease and raised more than $500 million to support cancer survivors. One of America's top non-profit organizations, the Foundation has been recognized by industry leaders including Charity Navigator, the National Health Council and the Better Business Bureau for its excellent governance, high standards and transparency. For more information, visit




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