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

Introducing Keaton’s Teen Alliance

Keaton’s Child Cancer Alliance has officially launched the Keaton’s Teen Alliance program created by teens, for teens!

With the support of a few Keaton’s teens, the Family Navigators have been able to learn more about the obstacles and barriers teens face, especially when they have been diagnosed with cancer, excluding them from what some might consider a typical teenage life. Listening to the stories of our teens encouraged Keaton’s to jump to an action plan, the group that would support them in feeling included.

Keaton’s Teen Alliance is inclusive of teen patients and their siblings who fall between the ages of 13 to 18 years old. These teens can look forward to fun bi-monthly events and hangouts just for them, and even a special teen zone with enjoyable games, crafts, and more at all family events. The Keaton’s Teen Alliance events serve as a way for teens to build new friendships through fun, but therapeutic activities, while providing inspiration and support to others.

Since the end of 2021, Keaton’s Teen Alliance has included a Teen Zone at each Keaton’s family event. As the group has officially progressed, Keaton’s has hosted a Teen Brunch Social out at a local Sacramento park where the teens were able to enjoy food, play ice-breaker games, learn about each other’s music tastes, and even play sports with each other. Over the summer another local nonprofit, Hearts Landing Ranch, opened their space and hearts to us by inviting our teens to enjoy a Movie Night Under the Stars. Teens had the opportunity to paint on the rescue horses of Hearts Landing Ranch, eat pizza, and build their snack boxes to watch the original movie, “Jumanji.” For each of these past events, parents had the opportunity to kindly drop their teens off with the trusted Keaton’s team and enjoy some well-deserved respite outside of the events.

Parents and caregivers have described this group as “priceless,” and have shared how limiting life has been due to physical pain, anxiety, and more, but having a group of teens experiencing similar journeys has really helped them feel comfortable outside of their new comfort zones. Along with the parents and caregivers, Keaton’s feels relieved that these teens have others to connect with to not feel so alone in this journey.

With such enthusiastic eagerness from the teens about upcoming events, Keaton’s Teen Alliance is looking forward to connecting with the Together We Heal Community to provide therapeutic art activities and flower picking to our teens. With this event and many more to look forward to, there is no doubt that Keaton’s Teen Alliance is leaving its mark and impact on teens battling cancer, their families, and hopefully the world.

Keaton’s Child Cancer Alliance – Mission in Motion Summer 2024

In this Edition of Keaton’s Mission in Motion:
• Experience the joy of togetherness as we kick off summer with our Annual Disney Luau-themed event at Funderland Amusement Park • Share in honoring caregivers and siblings through special events to appreciate them • See Our Mission in Motion as We Host the First Pediatric Cancer Roundtable • Learn How You can get involved by adopting a family, helping to raise awareness during September for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and by participating in our “Strike Out Kids’ Cancers!” bowling fundraiser, Sunday, September 29th!

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Keaton’s Child Cancer Alliance – Mission in Motion Spring 2024

In this Edition of Keaton’s Mission in Motion:
• Welcome Spring with Keaton’s 4th Annual Family Fun Day at Gill Orchards • Meet Resilient and Strong Keaton’s Kiddo Kodiak • Share in Brightening a Hospital Stay for Keaton’s Kiddo Milagros with Keaton’s Family Navigators • See Our Mission in Motion as We Continue to Fund Childhood Cancer Research• Celebrate the Collaboration with our Community Partners at the Stay Happy FUNdation, Del Oro and Granite Bay High Schools • Discover Opportunities to Support our Mission by Fundraising and Donating During Big Day of Giving, Thursday, May 2nd and Attending Our 27th Annual “Chipping Away at Childhood Cancer” Golf Tournament, Thursday, May 23rd

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Keaton’s Child Cancer Alliance – Mission in Motion Winter 2024

In this Edition of Keaton’s Mission in Motion:
• Share in the Glow for Gold Gala’s Roaring Success for Childhood Cancer Warriors & Families! • Meet Keaton’s Kiddos Eddy and Ellora • Share in the Love and Joy Provided this Past Holiday Season • See Our Mission in Motion as We Continue to Fund Childhood Cancer Research • Learn How You Can Get Involved by Attending One of Our “Brave the Shave” Events,
Support our Mission by attending the April 2nd Sacramento Kings Game and Our 27th Annual “Chipping Away at Childhood Cancer” Golf Tournament.

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