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

Meet Keaton’s Kiddo Bethany

Meet 10-year-old Keaton’s kiddo Bethany. Bethany is an artistic and creative soul that finds joy in painting, clay sculpting, music, sports, and singing.

In May of 2018 at the very young age of 6, Bethany’s mom felt an abnormality when showing her affection through a hug, leading to an unfortunate diagnosis of Wilms’ Tumor, a cancer of the kidneys. As a very brave first-grader, she underwent surgery to have the tumor removed and completed treatment, ultimately leaving no cancer to be detected. While already having gone through the trenches, oncologists found that the cancer had spread to her lungs in 2020, leading her to complete more treatment to no longer find any detected cancer. Being the warrior she is, Bethany continued with school and is advancing in her creative and athletic passions. Now a fifth-grader, Bethany sadly heard the devastating news that she has relapsed for the second time, making this her third courageous battle against cancer.

Despite having gone through such a long journey, Bethany remains a positive kiddo that gains courage through the love and support of her community, classmates, and now Keaton’s Child Cancer Alliance, since March of 2022. Recognizing the remarkable warrior she is, Keaton’s has had the honor of coming alongside the battle with Bethany during her third fight. The Family Navigator team provided a financial grant to support her family in easing some of the financial stress of medication costs, hospital bills, and co-payments, while also seeking out supportive resources. Aside from continuous check-in calls with her family, the team personalized a joyous Hope Chest for Bethany, full of art sets, games, sports items, and a very cozy snuggle blanket. Her 3 loving, older siblings also received their own Hope Chests full of crafts and fun family games, which are all a family favorite! Our team at Keaton’s hopes to continue to bring other families the same feeling of support and joy that Bethany and her family have expressed with our Family Navigator team.

“Thank you Isela for the wonderful package we received recently. It was filled with so much love and joy, fun adventurous gifts and it brought us lots of smiles and hope. We thank you for your kindness and thoughtfulness, support and generosity. The financial support we received will help us in many ways. We are very blessed and filled overflowing with joy. Thank you Keaton’s Cancer Alliance for your mission. May God bless you and all your great works in helping others.” -Bethany and Family

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