“Joining the Keaton’s Board in 2020 has been a life-changing experience. Over the past 18 months, I have learned so much about the incredible connections and support provided by the Keaton’s staff, board and supporters. Having the gift to meet some of Keaton’s kiddos and families during fundraising and family events has been inspiring. Hearing the difference directly from parents that Keaton’s has made during their child’s battle with cancer evokes so many emotions: blessed, empathy, care, joy, pride and commitment. The Keaton’s organization is providing hope and invaluable support. ” ~ Kara
Makenna is a University Nursing Major Student who comes to Keaton’s with a wealth of knowledge, energy and enthusiasm! Makenna is participating in Keaton’s Family Navigator Program over the summer and we are so excited for her to be part of the Keaton’s Family!
“I chose to volunteer with Keaton’s because my mom is on the board and every time she comes home from an event or meeting always sings the organization’s praises and how she cannot wait for the next event. I had the chance to volunteer at the Keaton’s St. Baldrick’s event two years ago and was amazed by the wonderful people who are a part of the organization and the positive impact they have on people’s lives and left the event feeling inspired to do my part and help others. When the opportunity came this summer to volunteer, I was overjoyed and excited to get started as soon as I could. In my short time volunteering in the office, I have grown immensely as a person just by learning from everyone here.
I am amazed at all the families that we can help and really feel that I have grown in my compassion and empathy for others. My favorite thing to do is make hope chests for the patients because they truly deserve to feel special and open gifts that provide comfort and distraction from the treatments they go through. We also provide gifts to siblings so that they know we are also here for them and recognize the support that they provide their sibling as they go through their treatments. I hope to keep learning the more that I volunteer and hope to inspire others to volunteer as well because Keaton’s is an amazing organization and will leave an amazing impact on anyone who gets to volunteer with them!” ~ Makenna
Thank you Kara and Makenna, for your hearts filled with so much passion for Keaton’s Mission and families served!