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

Meet Keaton’s Kiddo Daniel

Meet Keaton’s Kiddo Daniel, a 7-year-old boy who loves going to the beach, playing with his older brother and shopping. His life-changing experience began on September 21,2021 when Daniel was diagnosed with B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia which is when too many B-cell lymphoblasts (immature white blood cells) are found in the bone marrow and blood.

Unfortunately, on top of his parents facing loss employment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Daniel’s grandfather was also diagnosed with cancer in November, which has created the need for more financial and emotional support. Keaton’s has had the honor of supporting Daniel and his family by providing a financial grant through our Financial Assistance Program and we have been able to communicate in their native language through our Family Connect Program to help break the language barriers.

Daniel has also experienced emotional challenges through his battle and had trouble responding to chemotherapy which showed through negative side effects of loss of weight, vomiting, and emotional frustrations. Keaton’s has used Joy-Filled Experiences to provide a customized Hope Chest in hopes to lift his spirits during this difficult time.

Despite these obstacles, Daniel and his family members have shown resilience and courage. Keaton’s will always be a shoulder to lean on and a listening ear for Daniel’s family and will continue to invite them to our family events throughout this 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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