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!

Keaton’s Kiddo Update – Lea

Princess Lea, 6 years old, loves playing outdoors, painting, coloring, playing with her siblings, and everything Jojo Siwa! Lea’s life-changing journey began November 30, 2020 in the midst of COVID, when she began experiencing excruciating pain. After 11 days of multiple tests and having her bone marrow examined, Lea was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) at the age of 3.5. Over the next 2 years she received aggressive treatment and participated in a clinical trial as well. She has been in remission since February 2021 and continued her active treatment journey.

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Meet Keaton’s Kiddo – Santiago

Meet Keaton’s Kiddo Sweet Santiago! He is a 2-year-old who loves being outside and playing. Santiago was diagnosed with a Wilms Tumor about 8 months ago. Wilms tumor is a rare kidney cancer that primarily affects children. Also known as nephroblastoma, it is the most common cancer of the kidneys in children. This diagnosis did not stop Santiago from being resilient!

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Meet Keaton’s Kiddo – Dallas

Little one-year-old Dallas enjoys playing ball, being a Dallas Cowboys fan, and watching Mickey Mouse and Sonic. In October 2022, his life changed when he was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma, a cancer that spreads to distant parts of the body such as distant lymph nodes, bones, liver, skin, bone marrow, or other organs. Since receiving this diagnosis, Dallas’s family had to quickly adapt to the challenges that many families face with a childhood cancer diagnosis.

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