Dylan Shaffer Memorial Fund

Updated 10/18

Thank you for your contributions to the Dylan Shaffer Memorial 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, featuring his favorite animal the elephant.

As we continue to grow the fund in the next year and beyond, support will be focused on the Rare Sarcoma Program. Our goal is to match our contribution from our first year of support, year over year. We feel that maximizing our impact on a program aimed at ultimately curing rare pediatric sarcomas is the best way we can honor Dylan. Dylan had an extremely rare and aggressive cancer called Synovial Sarcoma. Dr. Sheri Spunt, the doctor who identified Dylan’s cancer, is one of the only doctors in the world exploring these aggressive cancers. We are working closely with Dr. Spunt as she continues to build out and operate her research program, the Rare Sarcoma Program. Rare diseases are often ignored by major drug companies, so it’s only the universities and research hospitals that are doing this necessary ground breaking work. Your contributions are meaningful and will make a difference. Our hope is that together we can stop more families from experiencing what we did, and instead help them receive the gift of life for their child. To learn more about the Rare Sarcoma Program, please click here.

There are a few new tools now available to help grow the fund. You’ll see on the next page that we now have a reoccurring payment option, which we hope this will be one of the greater contributors as we move forward. If everyone donated just $5/month (one Starbucks coffee), we could grow the fund by $12,000+! You can also help the fund with any corporate matching or gift programs you may have access to through your employer. Finally, we will be hosting our first annual family fundraising event on January 13th in Piedmont – Dylan’s Teddy Bear Picnic. Save the date for now and stay tuned for more information via our email list and this site.

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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Contributions to the California Community Foundation represent irrevocable gifts subject to the legal and fiduciary control of the foundation’s board of directors. This charge will appear on your credit card statement as a payment to “Calif Comm Fdn – CCF”. In addition, California Community Foundation incurs a third-party administrative fee of 2.7 percent for credit card contributions. The foundation will charge the fee directly to the individual fund.