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 – 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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