Hope, Strength, and Healing for families coping with a child cancer diagnosis

Meet Keaton Kiddo ~ Joshua

Meet 19-year-old Joshua who enjoys Star Wars and playing his PS4. In 2012, Joshua was referred to Keaton’s upon being diagnosed at 11 years old with Medulloblastoma, a cancerous brain tumor.  On January 7th, 2020 Joshua’s family received the devastating news of a relapse.  Joshua’s Mom and primary caregiver always remained by his side with love, comfort, and support.  His family endured many sacrifices including a nearly 4-hour roundtrip commute for Joshua’s treatment locally in Sacramento.

With support from his family and his medical team, Joshua remained a strong warrior throughout his entire journey. After a strong fight against cancer, Warrior Joshua received his Angel Wings on September 19th.  Joshua was surrounded by the love of his Mom, Jeannie, and his two younger brothers, Jasiah and Jaylen while in the comfort of their home.

A special thank you to Joshua’s family for allowing the Keaton’s Family Navigator Team to be a part of their journey.  We express our sincerest condolences to his loved ones as we continue to provide our support and ensure that his legacy lives on.

Meet Keaton’s Kiddo – Ellora

Months before a clear diagnosis, Ellora was experiencing a loss of appetite, night sweats, and oversleeping. For Ellora, these symptoms were seen as normal for her or seen as natural changes in the growth of a 2-year-old. Eventually, she developed little spots on her hands and unexplained bruises on her body, which the doctors deemed Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), but after seeing an informative TikTok video on the symptoms Ellora was experiencing, her mom’s gut told her it was something more than a bleeding disorder.

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Meet Keaton’s Kiddo – Samerah

14-year-old Samerah, best known as Sam has been battling quite the challenging journey, but with the love and support of her family, friends, and community she has been able to overcome so much. At the very young age of 2 months old, Sam was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis. Neurofibromatosis is not an isolated disorder. It causes several different conditions and can lead to the development of tumors on the brain, spine, and the nerves that send signals between the brain and spinal cord.

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Meet Keaton’s Kiddo – Pedro

Strong and optimistic Keaton’s Kiddo Pedro has a heart for soccer and music, and he absolutely loves Chick-Fil-A! Being a teen at just 14 years old, Pedro was sadly diagnosed with a brain tumor called Juvenile Pilocytic Astrocytoma. Hear about Pedro’s journey from his point of view.

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