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

Meet Keaton’s Kiddo Luke

Meet Keaton’s Kiddo Luke, a 5-year-old rock star who loves building legos! Luke was sadly diagnosed with Medulloblastoma, the most common type of cancerous brain tumor in children that starts in the lower part of the brain, potentially affecting coordination and balance.

Upon his sudden diagnosis in November of 2021, Luke underwent a very unexpected brain surgery, bringing a lot of anxious emotions to him and his loved ones. As the family’s biggest supporter, his mom took time off work to support his recovery, ultimately resulting in a change of income and unforeseen expenses. Although Luke had a successful surgery that supported his battle, his journey did not end there. He still has to undergo blood work, treatment, and hospital stays. Unfortunately, as a result of his treatment, he is now experiencing slight deafness, sadly causing possible permanent hearing loss.

Through this journey, Luke’s mom has shared the amazing support she receives from her mom and loved ones that help with taking him to appointments, as well as help with caring for his older sister, McKenzie, while Luke receives treatment. Now with Luke being referred to Keaton’s as of April 2022, this family’s support system is only growing stronger. It has been an honor to connect with Luke’s family through phone calls and messages, giving his mom the opportunity to share about their journey. Our Family Navigator team had the pleasure of connecting with Luke, his mom, and his grandmother in person when delivering his Hope Chest that was packed with love, care, and legos! He was even able to take home and surprise his sister with her very own, personalized Hope Chest! The joy-filled experiences do not stop there. Although Luke and his family are newer to Keaton’s, they recently attended their first-ever family event at Funderland Amusement Park where they were treated to dinner, dessert, craft activities, and unlimited rides!

Aside from emotional support, and many unforeseen moments, Keaton’s provided this family with a financial grant to support with gas, travel, and other expenses that ultimately come with a cancer diagnosis. Our Family Navigators are honored to join Luke in his strong fight against childhood cancer and we are dedicated to continuing support to other families, like Luke’s, through emotional, financial, and joy-filled care.

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 – Yazmine

During the week of July 17th, 2023, Yazmine hadn’t been herself.  She’d been running fevers on and off and wasn’t eating.  She had no energy and only wanted to sleep.  Then, on July 19th, her dad’s birthday, we decided that I would take her to the ER for a quick check up and be back in time to make a birthday dinner.  Little did we know everything would change on that day.  

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Meet Keaton’s Kiddo – Kodiak

In the Fall of 2023, Keaton’s Kiddo Kodiak was diagnosed with two rare and aggressive forms of cancer: Mixed Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) also known as ‘preleukemia.’

Their journey began one year earlier, in the Fall of 2022, when Kodiak was struck with a series of different seasonal illnesses. Kodiak’s mom Tonya shares: “In September, he got COVID, and then in November it was the flu, and then December RSV.”

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