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

Meet Keaton’s Kiddo – Jonhelle

Jonhelle is a sweet 9-year-old girl who loves painting, drawing, and biking. 

At just 6-years old, in August of 2020, Jonhelle was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, also known as ALL. With her diagnosis occurring in the middle of the COVID-19 Pandemic, her family came across many emotional and financial stressors, and faced much isolation as a family, as Jonhelle had two siblings at home. Although Jonhelle’s family was not officially referred to Keaton’s at the time of diagnosis, we were honored to step in and offer our support after being connected in 2022, when Johnelle was still receiving follow-up treatments every 3-months.

Despite the many trials Jonhelle and her family have encountered throughout her battle, they remain close, and Johnelle continuously proves that she is one strong and resilient little warrior! After a long 3-year battle with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, we are happy to share that she recently completed her last chemotherapy treatment and is doing very well! Our team at Keaton’s is so happy for Jonhelle to reach and celebrate this amazing milestone!

Throughout the year, after being referred to Keaton’s, our Family Navigator team has offered a variety of support through our Family Navigator Program, but Jonhelle’s favorite was receiving her joy-filled Keaton’s Hope Chest which included customized support items for Jonhelle according to her interest and hobbies. Following the retrieval of their family’s Hope Chest,  Jonhelle’s mom Rachelle shared, “She received the package! Thank you so so much you guys made her very happy with all the gifts. She even asked how you knew what she likes because of all the art stuff that’s in it.  Thank you very much!”  

Our team at Keaton’s looks forward to continuing to be a part of Jonhelle’s journey and offering support as she enters this exciting new chapter of her journey!

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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Meet Keaton’s Kiddo – Pedro

Strong and optimistic Keaton’s Kiddo Pedro has a heart for soccer and music, and he absolutely loves Chick-Fil-A! Being a teen at just 14 years old, Pedro was sadly diagnosed with a brain tumor called Juvenile Pilocytic Astrocytoma. Hear about Pedro’s journey from his point of view.

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