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

Meet Keaton’s Kiddo ~ Natassia

Meet Keaton’s Kiddo, Natassia. Natassia is a rock star of a 10-year-old who enjoys drawing and painting. In May of 2021, Natassia was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a form of cancer that grows in bone or soft tissue connected to the bone.

Despite her diagnosis, Natassia continues being a rockstar throughout her treatments. While adjusting to changes that take place with a childhood cancer diagnosis, Natassia’s family has been a strong support system for her. Her mom shared that Natassia’s younger brother is so sweet and always wants to help his big sister when she’s not feeling well.

Since being referred to Keaton’s, our Family Navigator Team has provided Natassia’s family with a financial grant to support with travel to their treatments. We have also had the opportunity to provide joy-filled experiences and created a Hope Chest for her and her younger brother. As well as bring joy to the family through our Adopt-A-Family program where Natassia and her brother received gifts for Christmas through one of our sponsors.

“Thank you for the support you have shown our family” ~ Natassia’s Mom

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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