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

Meet Amelia diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)

Meet Amelia.  This sweet 5 years old Loves unicorns, LOL dolls, & playing with her siblings.

Amelia was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) at 4 years old. Her grandparents, Amelia’s legal guardians, were raising her and her three siblings when they received this devastating news. Her grandparents were all too familiar with cancer and its treatment as their very own son, Amelia’s uncle, was diagnosed with ALL in 2013 at the age of 16. He is now a cancer survivor and provides HOPE for his young niece and she undergoes treatment.

Both of Amelia’s grandparents have been unable to work and even began retirement early just to remain by her side throughout treatment. Their family was referred to KCCA for customized supportive services in May 2019. Since then, a financial grant was provided to help with immediate expenses such as rent and utilities. Also, they have received support with basic needs such as gas and food cards to help reduce the financial strain on their family. They had the relief of knowing that they would be able to provide healthy food options during their commutes and hospitalizations.

During the delivery of the family’s Hope Chest, family care package, Amelia’s grandparents shared how much it meant to see Amelia smiling and so excited to see her new surprises. Also, her siblings were so thankful to receive items as well. With the holiday season soon approaching, the family did not have the means to provide gifts for their children and were adopted through KCCA’s Holiday Adopt A Family. Amelia’s grandparents shed tears of joy filled with gratitude as they received this wonderful support during the holidays. They are forever grateful for the support that KCCA has provided their granddaughter and family throughout the years.

Meet Keaton’s Kiddo – MJ

May of 2021 started like any other month. Our family was enjoying the warm weather and spending time with friends and family. Unfortunately, May was the month that our world would change in a way we never expected.

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Meet Keaton’s Kiddo – Yazmine

During the week of July 17th, 2023, Yazmine hadn’t been herself.  She’d been running fevers on and off and wasn’t eating.  She had no energy and only wanted to sleep.  Then, on July 19th, her dad’s birthday, we decided that I would take her to the ER for a quick check up and be back in time to make a birthday dinner.  Little did we know everything would change on that day.  

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Meet Keaton’s Kiddo – Kodiak

In the Fall of 2023, Keaton’s Kiddo Kodiak was diagnosed with two rare and aggressive forms of cancer: Mixed Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) also known as ‘preleukemia.’

Their journey began one year earlier, in the Fall of 2022, when Kodiak was struck with a series of different seasonal illnesses. Kodiak’s mom Tonya shares: “In September, he got COVID, and then in November it was the flu, and then December RSV.”

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