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

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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