Dylan Shaffer Memorial Fund

Updated 8/11/18

As we reach the one year anniversary of Dylan’s passing, we thank you for your contributions to this fund, a fund that we hope will make major strides to positively impact pediatric cancer research.

In the last year, the Dylan Shaffer Memorial Fund was able to contribute $35,000 to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford’s new Rare Sarcoma Program. The fund also contributed $6,000 to the San Francisco Zoo’s Young Children’s Program. In addition to the research and programming support, each organization has honored Dylan in their own way. The SF Zoo has placed a bench in Dylan’s honor by the Little Puffer Station. Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital is working to install a piece of art in their new pediatric oncology department in Dylan’s memory, likely featuring his favorite animal the elephant. Katie, Dan and Evie, along with the Castles family, had the privilege of running in Stanford’s Summer Scamper and the SF Zoo Jungle Jog to further partner with these incredible organizations. It was very special to run in both events for Dylan.

As we continue to grow the fund in the next year and beyond, support will continue to be primarily focused on the Rare Sarcoma Program. We are working closely with Dr. Sheri Spunt as she continues to build out and operate the only research program in the U.S. focused on rare pediatric sarcomas. Dylan had an extremely rare and aggressive cancer called Synovial Sarcoma. This cancer affects 1 in 1,000,000 people and represents less than 1% of all malignant tumors. It is extremely rare to occur in young children, and even more rare to be found where it affected Dylan, on his thymus gland. Dr. Spunt wants to better understand and eventually stop these rare sarcomas from affecting more children. To learn more about the Rare Sarcoma Program, please click here.  The fund will likely also continue to support places that Dylan loved, like the SF Zoo, but on a smaller scale. We are planning to host an annual fundraising event to bring people together to remember Dylan and support his fund.  More details to come via this page and our email list. Our goal is to match our contribution from our first year of support in this next year.

Dylan brought joy to everyone he met, and we intend to continue to keep that joy alive by helping others through this fund.  Your continued support and generosity will help us maximize the good work we can do in Dylan’s memory.

Thank you,
Katie Castles and Daniel Shaffer

This Memorial Fund has been created to honor the memory of our son, Dylan Patrick Shaffer, who died on August 11, 2017 at just 16 months old.

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the Dylan Shaffer Memorial Fund. Checks should be mailed to:

California Community Foundation
221 S. Figueroa St., Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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