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

Meet Keaton’s Kiddo – Aynara

Meet Keatons’s Kiddo Aynara, an adorable 4-year-old that loves coloring, Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol, reading Monster’s Inc books, and especially loves caring for her countless amount of dolls!

On January 25, 2021, Aynara’s life unexpectedly changed when she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), the most common form of pediatric cancer. Keaton’s was first introduced to Aynara when her and her mom surprised us with a special visit, seeking support and a friendly face to talk to. On the spot, our Family Navigator team was able to read to and color with Aynara, while providing her mom with some respite to share about their journey and get to know their family. With a listening ear, Keaton’s team validated any worries and experiences that mom has had, while also actively listening for room to support. With that, Aynara enjoyed her time with our Family Navigators, which she now refers to as her “babysitters,” and was officially referred to our program.

Learning that Aynara has a 4 hour round trip commute between her home and treatment hospital, Keaton’s immediately offered travel solutions and supplied Aynara’s family with gas cards upon their visit. With Aynara’s mom taking her to inpatient stays and outpatient appointments often, she is unable to work, but uses the opportunity to devote all of her love and care to Aynara and her siblings throughout their family’s battle. Since being diagnosed, Aynara’s family has experienced many unexpected financial needs, and to offer our care, Keaton’s presented Aynara’s mom and dad with a financial grant through our Financial Assistance Program, so that they could focus on their daughter’s treatment with a little less stress.

Since our initial visit, we have welcomed Aynara and her mom back to our office to receive a special joy-filled Hope Chest after a long stay at the hospital. Knowing Aynara’s love for dolls, our Family Navigators made sure to include a toy set of dolls, along with a special snuggle blanket, some books, and other goodies for her to take home. After seeing her Hope Chest, Aynara lit up with so much joy and excitement, and just couldn’t wait! She immediately opened the box with dolls in our office, and our team had a great time helping her care for them. After a couple of hours of fun and play, our team made sure to send Aynara and her mom home with some gas cards for their long commute home and personalized Hope Chests for her two older brothers to remind them of the amazing role they play in Aynara’s journey.

Keaton’s is committed to providing love and care to all childhood cancer families we cross paths with. We are honored to continue the support of families, like Aynara’s, to bring them joy and comfort throughout their unexpected journeys.

Meet Keaton’s Kiddo – Jonhelle

Meet Keaton Kiddo Jonhelle, a sweet 9-year-old girl who loves painting, drawing, and biking. At just 6-years old, in August of 2020, Jonhelle was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, also known as ALL. With her diagnosis occurring in the middle of the COVID-19 Pandemic, her family came across many emotional and financial stressors, and faced much isolation as a family, as Jonhelle had two siblings at home.

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Keaton’s Kiddo Update – Lea

Princess Lea, 6 years old, loves playing outdoors, painting, coloring, playing with her siblings, and everything Jojo Siwa! Lea’s life-changing journey began November 30, 2020 in the midst of COVID, when she began experiencing excruciating pain. After 11 days of multiple tests and having her bone marrow examined, Lea was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) at the age of 3.5. Over the next 2 years she received aggressive treatment and participated in a clinical trial as well. She has been in remission since February 2021 and continued her active treatment journey.

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Meet Keaton’s Kiddo – Santiago

Meet Keaton’s Kiddo Sweet Santiago! He is a 2-year-old who loves being outside and playing. Santiago was diagnosed with a Wilms Tumor about 8 months ago. Wilms tumor is a rare kidney cancer that primarily affects children. Also known as nephroblastoma, it is the most common cancer of the kidneys in children. This diagnosis did not stop Santiago from being resilient!

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