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

Meet Keaton’s Kiddo ~ Kenzie

Kenzie celebrated her 3rd birthday on January 24th. Four days later, her life was forever change when she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hepatoblastoma. An aggressive tumor in her liver was identified and treatment consisting of 6 cycles of chemotherapy began immediately.

With successful chemo, the liver tumor began to decrease in size giving hope that the tumor could be completely removed while leaving enough healthy liver to regenerate. During scans, three new tumors were found in her lungs, one small on the right lobe and two small on the left lobe. Thankfully specialized clinical trials caused the lung tumors to go away completely which avoided an additional major surgery. During this time, we were glad to offer a financial grant to the family to assist with several new expenses.

After spending nearly a month in the hospital upon diagnosis, Kenzie was finally able to go home momentarily. “We truly enjoyed each minute with our warrior princess while at home. We are really thankful that her side effects from chemo were barely minimum. She has a good appetite and always excited to play with her brother,” Mom shares. Other good news included that Kenzie does not need hearing aids. Hearing loss is a common side effect of the cisplatin chemotherapy medication. “Wow, best news we have gotten in a long time.”

In preparation for Kenzie’s surgery at UCSF, we visited the family to deliver their customized Hope Chest along with gas cards to assist with the commute from Elk Grove to San Francisco. “Thank you so much Keaton’s Child Cancer Alliance. Big smiles were all over our house last week when we received a gift care package from you. Kenzie was very happy and felt the love as she approach her surgery. The gifts were full of fun things including a personalized blanket for Kenzie and also fun gifts for her brother.” We were so thrilled Kenzie enjoyed some of her favorites which include playing house, tea parties, puzzles, Frozen, Paw Patrol, Peppa Pig, and Baby Shark.

Kenzie underwent a 7 hour surgery to remove her tumor and it is with great joy we share that she is healing very well. We continue to offer support to this beautiful warrior princess and her sweet family. “We salute your mission Keaton’s Child Cancer Alliance. We are very grateful. Thank you Keaton’s for thinking of our family. We can’t thank you enough for all the support. God bless you all, Love – Lacayanga Family”

Meet Keaton’s Kiddo – MJ

May of 2021 started like any other month. Our family was enjoying the warm weather and spending time with friends and family. Unfortunately, May was the month that our world would change in a way we never expected.

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Meet Keaton’s Kiddo – Yazmine

During the week of July 17th, 2023, Yazmine hadn’t been herself.  She’d been running fevers on and off and wasn’t eating.  She had no energy and only wanted to sleep.  Then, on July 19th, her dad’s birthday, we decided that I would take her to the ER for a quick check up and be back in time to make a birthday dinner.  Little did we know everything would change on that day.  

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Meet Keaton’s Kiddo – Kodiak

In the Fall of 2023, Keaton’s Kiddo Kodiak was diagnosed with two rare and aggressive forms of cancer: Mixed Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) also known as ‘preleukemia.’

Their journey began one year earlier, in the Fall of 2022, when Kodiak was struck with a series of different seasonal illnesses. Kodiak’s mom Tonya shares: “In September, he got COVID, and then in November it was the flu, and then December RSV.”

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