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

Meet Keaton Kiddo ~ Emilio

Meet Keaton Kiddo, Emilio! Emilio is a strong, six-year-old who loves going for walks, riding his brother’s bike and collecting Jurassic World dinosaurs. Emilio was recently diagnosed with Severe Aplastic Anemia, which is not considered a form of cancer but can still call for an identical experience.

Similar to cancer, Emilio’s diagnosis has caused unfortunate strain on him and his family. He and his mom have to travel a 4 hour round trip drive to get to his weekly appointments, which take up most of their day. Due to COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols, Emilo’s siblings are unable to be alongside him while he receives treatment. There are some moments when he misses his brothers more than others, but thankfully, Emilio has so much support from his parents, brother’s and surrounding family to help him stay positive.

Since being referred to Keaton’s, our Family Navigator Team has provided Emilio’s family with Arco gas cards to support their commutes to and from treatment. We also had the pleasure of putting together their family Hope Chest for him and his two siblings, Sebastian and Leonardo, which included items that were personalized according to their interests. We were lucky enough to meet Emilio’s mom in person and hand-delivered their Hope Chest during an appointment. It brought our team so much joy to see how happy all three kiddos were to receive their unexpected surprises!

Despite the journey ahead, Emilio continues to fight and uses his bright smile to keep his family going. We are so happy to continue to provide joy-filled experiences and other services for families like Emilio’s as they navigate their journey and help keep our mission in motion.

Meet Keaton’s Kiddo – Blossom

Keaton’s kiddo Blossom is a sweet and sassy 4-year-old who loves slime and all things girly! Her childhood cancer journey began when she was just two years old, diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow.

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Meet Keaton’s Kiddo – Nolan

Keaton kiddo Nolan is a sweet 7-year-old who loves to swim, play with RC trucks, and play video games. On June 27, 2023, Nolan was diagnosed with B-Cell Lymphoma, a type of cancer that occurs when healthy B-Cells form in rapid growing cancer cells.

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Meet Keaton’s Kiddo – Lilyana

Keaton’s Kiddo Lilyana is a sweet and loving 4-year-old who enjoys spending time outdoors, doing arts & crafts, and playing with her LOL Dolls and number blocks. In May of 2023, just a couple of months after her 4th birthday, Lilyana and her family’s life was forever changed when she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, the second most common form of pediatric blood cancer found in children.

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