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

Meet Keaton’s Kiddo ~ Matilda

Meet Matilda. This sweet 5-year-old loves playing with barbies and dolls.  The world changed for Matilda on July 1st, 2020, when she was diagnosed with Wilms Tumor, stage 2.  Also known as nephroblastoma, Wilms Tumor is a common childhood cancer that affects the kidneys.

While childhood cancer has affected Matilda’s life tremendously, her family shared that she has strikingly been the strongest one throughout this journey.  She is sweet and resilient.  Matilda’s family has been a source of love and support for her.  Aside from her immediate family, Matilda’s father has expressed that the emotional support from others, including Keaton’s Child Cancer Alliance, has been so appreciated.

Keaton’s team has had the honor to support Matilda’s family throughout this journey by providing gas and food cards, as well as a financial grant. In addition, the team had the pleasure of creating a Hope Chest full of pink and purple goodies for Matilda and her family.

After receiving the Hope Chest, Matilda’s family shared their thanks to the Keaton’s team.  “Thank you guys so much for everything.  It is all so appreciated.  Times are tough but people & programs like this are so amazing.  You guys are heaven-sent.  Thank you x a million!”

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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