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

Keaton’s Child Cancer Alliance – Mission in Motion May / June 2022


Our annual summer kick-off event at Funderland Amusement Park held on Friday, June 17th was a tropical delight with 46 families and over 250 guests in attendance. This year’s Disney Luau themed gathering provided joy-filled experiences, created special memories, and offered respite from daily cancer regimens.

Along with special guest appearances from Mickey, Minnie, and other characters that joined in on the fun, families had an opportunity to enjoy rides, games, arts & crafts, and a fun-filled dance party! It was a magical evening seeing our Keaton’s families sharing joy and laughter with one another.

“I saw Eddy laugh, I saw my kid being a kid again!! He enjoyed every single ride he got on with his sister to the fullest!! He was around other kids that are going through the same thing as he is and he felt good. I cried because for the first time in over a month he didn’t have to worry about his port or an IV or chemo or anything cancer related. I cried because he was able to enjoy a few hours of pure joy! Pure Joy!!!” – Jessica, Eddy’s Mom

Mind Map Journaling

Journaling is a well known emotional coping tool. It’s helpful for our families to have a place to write down the events of the day, so they can remember important milestones, but also to express their feelings, thoughts, and questions. However, writing in journal form is not for everyone, especially younger kids where writing sentences could be daunting.  This is where using the concept of a mind map, often used for brainstorming and planning, can come in.

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Keaton’s Child Cancer Alliance – Mission in Motion Spring 2023

In this Edition of Keaton’s Mission in Motion • Get a Glimpse of Remembering Our First Why, Keaton Raphael • Celebrate 25 Years of Providing Love & Support to Children with Cancer & Their Families • Meet Keaton’s Kiddos Jaylen & Dallas • See the Impact that Together We Are Making • Join in Honoring Keaton’s Board Member, Greg Van Dusen • Be A Part of Keaton’s Big Day of Giving, May 4th • Discover ways to Be Involved in Keaton’s 26th Annual “Chipping Away at Childhood Cancer” Golf Tournament, May 25th.

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You Can Do This!

Any new change or seemingly overwhelming life crisis can make us doubt ourselves and our worst insecurities come out. It doesn’t help that so many in the community respond with “I couldn’t do what you do” when they hear about what we are going through. It’s meant to be a compliment, but the truth is that they can. You can. We are here to support you and cheer you on while you do.

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