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Cyclists raising money for childhood cancer research pass through Baton Rouge

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Drivers may see a mass of cyclists wearing the same uniform on a highway or River Road heading to New Orleans on Thursday.

They left Baton Rouge in the afternoon as part of a larger group riding for children. Before heading out, they recited the names of New Orleans children receiving treatment for cancer. They hope to meet up with some of those young patients Friday.

The ride is for Pablove Foundation, which raises money for research on childhood cancers and treatment.

"A 6-year-old child gets through treatment and gets back to school and gets on with their life," said Jeff Castelaz, co-founder of Pablove Foundation. "They'll live for 70 or 80 more years. That's a big deal. And, if you add that up across 10,000 kids or 100,000 kids, you see that's a lot of life years."

Castelaz's son, Pablo, is the genesis of the word Pablove. He died at age six from a rare childhood cancer.

The Pablove ride takes place from Austin, Texas to New Orleans. People may have seen them before, as the group has made the ride six times.

On another note, Pablo's mom attended LSU and the group loves Louisiana.

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