Meet Colby

Shutterbugs Spotlight

Meet Colby

Boston, MA


Colby Strong

In 2020 Colby was diagnosed with B Lymphoblastic Lymphoma (BLL), a rare pediatric lymphoma. He found out about the Pablove Shutterbugs photography program from his Child Life Specialist while at the hospital in Boston. As a lover of the arts, he was immediately excited to enroll into the class and learn photography alongside other kids going through cancer. The day his Shutterbugs camera kit arrived in the mail, Colby was unable to walk due to a severe reaction from his chemo medication that rendered him immobile. Amazingly, the camera was the thing that got Colby up and walking again! Every day, his mom and him would take little walks one house further and further up their street, until he regained the strength in his legs. During each walk, Colby would immerse himself in taking pictures, and those moments became true healing magic. Colby says one of the greatest parts of Pablove Shutterbugs was "expressing himself through art." Colby manages to stay positive despite suffering from many harsh side effects from his chemo treatments. He is always looking for ways to give back and help others. He organized a toy drive for other kids called "Operation Colby Claus" and he is even raising money to fund his very own Powered by Pablove Childhood Cancer Research Grant to help find a cure!