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

Keaton Kiddos – Sierra

Keaton Kid - SierraSierra Age 18 Diagnosis:

Ovarian Cancer – “I got to pay for my first semester of college with my scholarship from Keaton Raphael Memorial!”

Sierra told her story to over a hundred people last year as the winner of Keaton Raphael Memorial’s John McLean Scholarship Award given at the annual Chipping Away at Childhood Cancer charity golf tournament. She is an inspiration to all that day and her story continues to touch people’s hearts every time it’s told.

At the age of 14, on August 18, 2010, Sierra was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer, this was the day her whole life changed and went in a downward spiral. During surgery they removed a tumor the size of a volleyball from her stomach area and after a five day stay Sierra was overjoyed to be going home. Four months later she began chemotherapy and as of July 6,2012  we are proud to announce, Sierra is cancer free and has headed off to Sierra College using her scholarship money.

“Having gone through this experience it has taught me so many lessons, especially how to appreciate life and enjoy every second and every day.”

Meet Keaton’s Kiddo – Ellora

Months before a clear diagnosis, Ellora was experiencing a loss of appetite, night sweats, and oversleeping. For Ellora, these symptoms were seen as normal for her or seen as natural changes in the growth of a 2-year-old. Eventually, she developed little spots on her hands and unexplained bruises on her body, which the doctors deemed Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), but after seeing an informative TikTok video on the symptoms Ellora was experiencing, her mom’s gut told her it was something more than a bleeding disorder.

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Meet Keaton’s Kiddo – Samerah

14-year-old Samerah, best known as Sam has been battling quite the challenging journey, but with the love and support of her family, friends, and community she has been able to overcome so much. At the very young age of 2 months old, Sam was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis. Neurofibromatosis is not an isolated disorder. It causes several different conditions and can lead to the development of tumors on the brain, spine, and the nerves that send signals between the brain and spinal cord.

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Meet Keaton’s Kiddo – Pedro

Strong and optimistic Keaton’s Kiddo Pedro has a heart for soccer and music, and he absolutely loves Chick-Fil-A! Being a teen at just 14 years old, Pedro was sadly diagnosed with a brain tumor called Juvenile Pilocytic Astrocytoma. Hear about Pedro’s journey from his point of view.

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