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

Meet Keaton Kiddo ~ Camila

Although Mom shared there have been several difficult moments, positivity and optimism are what keep her going. She has been there for Camila every step of the way and encourages Camila to remain strong and not let anything hold her back from setting goals and achieving her dreams.

Recently, our Family Navigator Team at Keaton’s had the pleasure of meeting Camila and hand-delivered a hope chest for her and her siblings. They expressed so much gratitude and shared how thankful they are for Keaton’s ongoing support. To contribute with their commutes for treatment, our team was happy to provide Arco gas cards and also gave Camila’s family a financial grant to support with other expenses. As with all families in our program, our hope was to alleviate some stress so that Camila and her family can focus solely on her treatment.

We truly enjoy meeting our Keaton Kiddos and their loved ones, and offering multiple types of support as families endure their childhood cancer journey, a battle that no one should fight alone!

Meet beautiful Camila, a sweet and kind 14-year old who loves to hang out with friends, and spend time with her family. On July 28th, 2021, Camila was unfortunately diagnosed with a rare Ovarian Tumor called Sex Cord-Stromal Tumor (SCST). Although this type of tumor is found present in a broad age group of girls and women, it is very rare and represents only 7% of all primary ovarian tumors. Despite this rare diagnosis and challenges that come with any pediatric cancer, Camila has remained resilient and is not letting her diagnosis stop her from shining.

After a year of online learning, Camila has recently returned to in-person school and is so excited to be back. While meeting with our Navigator team, Camila shared how much she missed being in school as well as how much she enjoys it and is having fun being around her friends again. Along with being social, Camila gets the most out of her education and dedicates herself to learning. She even got 100% on her first exam!

Entering the world of childhood cancer has been hard on Camila and her family. Her mom shared that with a language barrier, she has experienced some challenges connecting with professionals for Camila’s medical treatment. Fortunately, bilingual staff at Keaton’s and at Camila’s treatment hospital has supported mom with this and will continue to be of support throughout Camila’s 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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