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

Meet Keaton’s Kiddo Elliana

Meet Keaton’s Kiddo, Elliana. Elliana is a bright seven-year-old who enjoys art, traveling, and cooking. In January of 2022, Elliana was diagnosed with Wilms Tumor, also known as Nephroblastoma, a type of childhood cancer that starts in the kidneys.

Despite the challenges that come with her childhood cancer diagnosis, Elliana continues to be brave while beginning her journey. Through her loving and caring mother and sister, she has the utmost support as she begins her treatments, ensuring that she receives all the emotional and medical care she needs.

Since being referred to Keaton’s, our Family Navigator Team has supported Elliana’s family with gas gift cards through our Travel Solutions Program to help support the cost of travel to and from treatments.

Thanks to our partnership with Raley’s, our team was happy to share grocery gift cards with her family to help ease the expense of food costs. In addition, we offered additional Nutritional Aid by providing Elliana and her sister with our Keaton Kiddo Cookbook that was placed in their family Hope Chest. When mom shared that her sister is interested in cooking, we thought it would be a fun way for the family to create fun memories together and are excited to see the yummy recipes that Elliana and her sister make.

Following the Hope Chest delivery, mom shared “the girls have been playing nonstop with their goodies, and Ellie has been sleeping with her new blanket”.

We are honored to be able to support Elliana and her family and to help navigate their journey of childhood cancer.

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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