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

Meet Keaton’s Kiddo Makai

Meet 13-year-old and football-loving kiddo, Makai, and his family. This Keaton Kiddo began his new journey on November 21, 2021, when he was diagnosed with the most common leukemia diagnosis in children, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow.

Since Makai’s initial introduction to Keaton’s, our Family Navigator team has continuously connected with his family to ensure they feel supported, whether it be through calls and conversations, or through the nutritional support of grocery gift cards. To bring some joy to the family, a Family Navigator had the honor of hand delivering personalized Hope Chests to the Makai and his four siblings! These kiddos BURSTED with excitement and immediately began opening every item in their Hope Chests!

Our Family Navigator team will continue to grow a strong and meaningful connection with this resilient family and we look forward to seeing them at future family events!

“I would like to thank you for the rainbow in our storm. Life has turned upside down for our family but it’s faith and hope we hold onto to keep pushing. Your Hope Chest gave us smiles and encouragement to push knowing we have amazing people on our side. We appreciate you Keaton Family.”- Makai’s mom, Sharmeila

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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