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

Keaton’s Kiddos

Meet Keaton’s Kiddo – MJ

May of 2021 started like any other month. Our family was enjoying the warm weather and spending time with friends and family. Unfortunately, May was the month that our world would change in a way we never expected.

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Meet Keaton’s Kiddo – Jessenia

Meet Keaton’s Kiddo Jessenia. When she was just 9 years old, in 2018, her journey began after a scare she had while getting ready to meet her new baby cousin at the Hospital. As Jessenia was getting into the car, she suddenly turned pale and began gasping for air. Immediately, her mom called 911 and Jessenia was transferred to the ER by ambulance. After further tests, Jessenia was transferred to a local treatment hospital in the Sacramento area, and following more blood work, it was determined that Jessenia had cancer, and was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

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Meet Keaton’s Kiddo – Gurneet

Meet 12-year-old Keaton’s kiddo, Gurneet! Diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on January 7, 2022, Gurneet has been an outstanding fighter, remaining strong, hopeful, and resilient. Despite being diagnosed during such a pivotal time, Gurneet has blossomed into a bright and beautiful teenager, finding her love for volleyball, makeup, nails, and music! Since being referred to our Family Navigator program, our team has shared support to Gurneet and her family in various ways, but most recently, we were honored to join our alliance partners at the Sweet Dreams Foundation, and Bell Bros, in partnership with a Lennox representative, and found unique ways to act as a community and brighten Gurneet’s journey.

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Meet Keaton’s Kiddo – Jagger

Meet Keaton’s Kiddo Jagger who is a ray of sunshine, always positive and full of life! He loves talking to people, playing board games, Spiderman universe, Paw Patrol, playing with his brother, and making other people laugh. At the end of February, he turned 5 years old, and last month, walked across the stage with pride to receive his preschool diploma, reaching HUGE milestones and achievements worth celebrating! At just 4 years old, in May of 2022, Jagger was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, (ALL), a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow and is the most common type of cancer in children, accounting for about 30% of all childhood cancers.

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Meet Keaton’s Kiddo – Evie

Meet 3-year-old Evie who loves gymnastics and ballet. This sweet and spunky girl enjoys making new friends and playing. Until the final few months before Evie’s official diagnosis of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on February 20, 2023. Evie’s parents had no reason to believe Evie was anything other than the happy, healthy, exceptionally social and developmentally advanced 3-year-old girl she appeared to be. Evie had long since conquered potty-training at 18 months, she started speaking in complete sentences at two, was excelling in her gymnastics and ballet classes, and at winning friends everywhere she went. But then the fevers started.

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Meet Keaton’s Kiddo – Kodiak

Meet 7-year-old Kodiak who loves to play outside, play Mario Brothers and with hot wheels.

In the fall of 2023 Kodiak was diagnosed with two rare and aggressive forms of cancer: Mixed Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) or ‘preleukemia.’

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Meet Keaton’s Kiddo – Jonhelle

Meet Keaton Kiddo Jonhelle, 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.

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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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