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

Meet Keaton’s Kiddo Angelee

Meet super sweet Keaton Kiddo Angelee. Angelee is a 7-year-old who enjoys coloring, drawing, and painting. On January 19, 2022, Angelee was diagnosed with B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), the most common type of Leukemia (blood cancer) in which too many B-cell Lymphoblasts (immature white blood cells) are found in the bone marrow and blood. Angelee was referred to Keaton’s Child Cancer Alliance after her diagnosis, and despite the many barriers she is experiencing, such as side effects from her treatment and adapting to her new “normal,” Angelee stays positive and spends more time creating art as a form of expression.

With the support from her family, Angelee has remained resilient and continues her fight against childhood cancer. Although her family faces many challenges, like frequent commutes and hospitalizations, Angelee’s parents ensure she gets the medical support she needs and manages to commute almost 6 hours round trip, twice a week, to get her to treatment locally in Sacramento.

Through our Travel Solutions Program, our Family Navigator Team was happy to supply Angelee’s parents with gas cards to support with their travel expenses. We also had the pleasure of creating a personalized, joy-filled Hope Chest for her and her 3-years-old sister to remind Angelee and her loved ones that they are not in this fight alone.

Being a primarily Spanish-speaking family. Angelee’s parents have faced hardships understanding and processing her medical treatment. Thanks to the support from our Bilingual Family Navigator, Angelee’s mom feels supported and grateful that she has someone to acknowledge what their family is experiencing.

We are honored to be a support for Angelee and will continue to be throughout her journey.

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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