Dylan Shaffer Memorial Fund

Dylan Patrick ShafferUpdated 3/18

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.

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.

Dylan brought joy to everyone he met, and we intend to continue to keep that joy alive by helping others through this fund.

The fund will be distributed to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford’s new Rare Sarcoma Program, which will focus on research about rare pediatric sarcomas including Synovial Sarcoma. Our goal in supporting this program is that we initially better understand and eventually stop these cancers from affecting more children. The fund will also support the San Francisco Zoo, one of Dylan’s favorite places. The family spent many happy days at the zoo, where Dylan loved watching the animals, riding the train and playing with his sister. A bench will be placed at the zoo in Dylan’s honor, and we will be supporting the zoo’s Young Children’s Programs which help educate and engage children about animals and the zoo’s conservation efforts.

In the future we’ll likely host an annual fundraising event to bring people together to remember Dylan and support his fund and these causes. This year on Dylan’s birthday (March 29th), we’re asking that you simply show more acts of kindness on the day in his honor.

It is important to us to make the world a better place in Dylan’s honor by fighting against cancer and celebrating what he loved. 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

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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