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

Meet Cancer Free, Keaton’s Kiddo Elijah

Elijah’s journey began in 2019, just ten days before his 2nd birthday when he was diagnosed with B Cell ALL, which is a cancer that affects your “B lymphocytes”, white blood cells that grow in the soft center of your bones, called marrow. B lymphocytes are supposed to grow into cells that help you fight infections. Despite every obstacle he faced during his treatments, from feeding tubes to numerous hospitalizations, Elijah persevered.

Throughout his treatment, several things kept Elijah’s spirits high. One of his favorite memories from his journey was going to Disneyland and meeting his favorites, Mr. Incredible, Frozone, Goofy and Jessie. Mr. Incredible and Frozone were likely his favorite characters of the meet and greets, being that Elijah watched The Incredibles for an entire three weeks of hospitalization! Beyond these Disney characters, his ultimate superhero was and continues to be his big sister, Amelia. She was a rock star when it came to supporting her little brother during treatment and helping his spirits rise.

After two years, Elijah reached the end of his treatment on April 18, 2021. This served as an extra special milestone for him because he fought to finish treatment a whole year early, completing two years of treatment instead of three!

It has been an honor supporting Elijah and his sweet family with multiple special touches since 2019. Keaton’s has had the opportunity to support his family with gas and food cards, as well as grocery deliveries and nutritional support. Each time Elijah’s mom visits with our team at Keaton’s, she is so kind to share photos and memories of the joy-filled events we, and other generous supporters, have been able to support families with emotionally. Elijah and his family’s favorite event continues to be our Annual Holly Jolly Holiday Celebration. With a special thanks to Bayside Church Granite Bay, hosting our 2021 holiday celebration, Elijah and Amelia were able to ice skate for their very first time and created many fun memories!

A huge thank you to Elijah and his family for allowing us to join this childhood cancer journey with you! It has been so rewarding watching Elijah turn into the sweet and resilient boy that he is. We look forward to continuing the celebration of this awesome milestone with your family and can’t wait to see all that Elijah will accomplish in this world!

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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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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