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 – Ellora

Months before a clear diagnosis, Ellora was experiencing a loss of appetite, night sweats, and oversleeping. For Ellora, these symptoms were seen as normal for her or seen as natural changes in the growth of a 2-year-old. Eventually, she developed little spots on her hands and unexplained bruises on her body, which the doctors deemed Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), but after seeing an informative TikTok video on the symptoms Ellora was experiencing, her mom’s gut told her it was something more than a bleeding disorder.

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Meet Keaton’s Kiddo – Samerah

14-year-old Samerah, best known as Sam has been battling quite the challenging journey, but with the love and support of her family, friends, and community she has been able to overcome so much. At the very young age of 2 months old, Sam was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis. Neurofibromatosis is not an isolated disorder. It causes several different conditions and can lead to the development of tumors on the brain, spine, and the nerves that send signals between the brain and spinal cord.

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Meet Keaton’s Kiddo – Pedro

Strong and optimistic Keaton’s Kiddo Pedro has a heart for soccer and music, and he absolutely loves Chick-Fil-A! Being a teen at just 14 years old, Pedro was sadly diagnosed with a brain tumor called Juvenile Pilocytic Astrocytoma. Hear about Pedro’s journey from his point of view.

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