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

Meet Keaton Kiddo ~ Madisyn

On February 12, 2020, three-year-old Madisyn received the devastating diagnosis of Grade 4 Medulloblastoma.  Medulloblastoma is a type of malignant brain tumor that primarily begins in the Central Nervous System (CNS). At the time of her diagnosis, Madisyn enjoyed spending time with her twin sister, Skylar, who she thinks is the “funniest person ever” along with doing gymnastics, swimming, bike rides, exploring, enjoying books and coloring!  Now, she spends much of her time at hospitals fighting for her life.

Through the course of her treatment, Madisyn’s mom has been her rock and such a strong support getting her to and from treatment. Commuting from Sacramento to her treatment facility at Kaiser in Roseville and UCSF for treatment, Madisyn’s mother has remained by her side. She has even taken time away from work to focus on Madisyn’s health and her journey battling childhood cancer.

When hearing of all the challenges that Madisyn’s family is facing, which have become even more severe due to COVID-19, the Family Navigator Team at Keaton’s has been honored to provide the family with a Hope Chest, gas and food cards as well as Raley’s grocery bag donations.

Madisyn’s family is not in this fight alone! The team at Keaton’s is so honored and privileged to continue our relationship with the family throughout their childhood cancer journey!

After receiving the Hope Chest, Madisyn’s mom stated: “Thank you so much. She is very grateful and this has brightened my day.”

After a recent trip to UCSF, Madisyn’s mother has informed the Keaton’s Team that Madisyn is doing well and her stem cell counts looked good! She is so happy that Madisyn is able to be back home with her twin sister and is so grateful for everything the Family Navigator Team has done for their 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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