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”

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Meet Keaton’s Kiddo – Perry

Meet Keaton’s kiddo Perry, also known as Baby P! Baby P was referred to Keaton’s at just 7 months old when he was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma on May 9, 2022. Baby P’s journey has been far from simple.

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