On June 27th, 2009, six year old Pablo Thrailkill Castelaz died in his parents' bed in Silverlake after a long battle with a rare form of children's cancer.
On November 21, Pablo's father Jeff, who is co-owner of indie label Dangerbird Records, will top off a month-long fundraising bike ride with a benefit concert in his son's honor at the Avalon in Hollywood.
Band of Horses, Shirley Manson, Butch Walker, and a host of others will join him.
Many of the people who mourned Pablo's death last summer never met the boy or his family, but followed the "Pablog" his parents kept to keep loved ones updated on his progress.
The blog, which detailed the brave battle they waged together, as a family, was both a heartwrenching and honest account of children's cancer, and an inspiring illustration of love and support.
Pablo's fight ended, but his family's continues: Jeff Castelaz and his wife Jo Ann Thrailkill started the The Pablove Foundation with the goal of raising money to impove the lives of children with cancer, on both a national level and locally, here in LA.
Right now, Jeff Castelaz is in the home stretch of a 30-day cross-country bike ride, from Florida to LA, to raise money and awareness for Pablove and for children with cancer. His ride will end on November 21 at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in the Hollywood Hills, where Pablo is buried.
Then, at 7pm, the doors of the Avalon will open to individuals and families of all ages, and the music will begin. Tickets went on sale over the weekend for $35 for general admission and $65 for VIP.
The Pablove foundation directly supports Children's Hospital LA, which is not-for-profit and does not turn anyone away, regardless of their ability to pay. According to the Pabolve.org site, CHLA treated over 97,000 children last year, and doled out $58.4 million in charitable care.