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

Meet Keaton’s Kiddo – Nolan

Nolan is a sweet 7-year-old who loves to swim, play with RC trucks, and play video games.

On June 27, 2023, Nolan was diagnosed with B-Cell Lymphoma, a type of cancer that occurs when healthy B-Cells form in rapid growing cancer cells.

With Nolan’s journey beginning just a couple of months ago, his family has been remaining strong and hopeful while adjusting to their new normal navigating a childhood cancer diagnosis. Despite their many challenges, Nolan’s parents fortunately have a strong support system of family and friends ensuring a strong foundation of love and support. While also having the ability to work remotely, Nolan’s parents remain by side while he undergoes treatment, and commute roughly two hours, round-trip, to ensure Nolan receives the care he needs. Currently, Nolan is in the midst of completing his second round of treatment and receives care once every week. Although his treatments could take on toll on him physically, dad shares that his energy levels are good and Nolan remians a strong warrior!

Shortly after being diagnosed, Nolan’s Hospital Social Worker referred his family to Keaton’s Child Cancer Alliance. Over such a short period of team, our Family Navigator’s have had the honor of supporting Nolan’s family through phone calls, general check-ins, and offering customized support services. Being a first touch to their family, Keaton’s team customized a joy-filled Hope Chest filled with special support items for both Nolan and his awesome big sister, Natalie, as well as backpacks and school supplies for each of them as they prepared to go back to school this Fall.

We extend so much gratitude to Nolan’s family for allowing us to be a part of their journey, and look forward to continued check-ins and sharing customized support services, knowing that childhood cancer is a journey that no family should have to fight alone.

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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