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

Meet Keaton Kiddo ~ Kevin

Meet Keaton’s Kiddo, Kevin. Kevin is an incredible eighteen-year-old who is so sweet and kind. Kevin likes playing video games and being outdoors. Kevin has recently been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), a type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow with excess immature white blood cells.

Throughout his journey, Kevin has been such a strong and positive kiddo. Kevin has been inpatient at the hospital, since his home is about three hours away. His parents are his primary caregivers and commute six-hour round trips to visit him and remain by Kevin’s side every step of the way.

To support this long commute, Keaton’s Family Navigators provided Kevin’s family with Arco Gas cards and shared joy-filled experiences with a Hope Chest for him and his two siblings Alondra and Daniel. Kevin and his family were so thrilled and cherished all of their goodies.

Kevin’s bright smile and positive personality keep his family going. The Keaton’s team will continue to support Kevin, his siblings and parents as they continue to navigate their childhood cancer journey.

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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