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

Meet Keaton’s Kiddo ~ Oliver

On June 11th, 2020, two-year-old Oliver, who enjoys music and light up toys, was diagnosed with Yolk Sac Tumor.  Yolk Sac Tumor is a tumor of cells that line the yolk sac of the embryo.  Although the cause is unknown, Yolk Sac tumor is unfortunately common in children between the ages of 1-2 years of age.

Aside from his diagnosis, Oliver’s family has been subject to additional challenges as a result of COVID-19.  Fortunately, both mom and dad have been able to stay at bedside with Oliver throughout his treatments and also care for their other 3 boys Chael (7), Kaden (5), and Cohen (3).  The family also has strong outside support from surrounding friends, family, and now Keaton’s Child Cancer Alliance.

So far, the Family Navigator team has supported Oliver’s family with a financial grant, gas cards, food cards, and a Hope Chest for the family.  We are more than honored to continue this fight together with Oliver and his family on their fight against childhood cancer.

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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