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

Meet Keaton’s Kiddo Ryder

Meet 10-year-old Keaton’s Kiddo Ryder. Ryder loves rainbow colors and art. Ryder began her journey on December 12th, 2019 after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a type of cancer that affects the lymphatic system. Primarily supported by her amazing mother, Ryder is currently receiving weekly follow-up appointments at her local treatment hospital. To support her family’s 3+ hours round trip commutes for scans and check-ups, the Keaton’s team has provided travel solutions as well as other emotional and financial support.

Over the years, we have enjoyed seeing sweet Ryder at our family events where she has enjoyed just being a kid. Recently, she and her mom joined us at our annual Holly Jolly event and received joy-filled experiences through our Holiday Adopt-A-Family Program. Thanks to our partnership with Walmart E-Commerce, Ryder also received a special Build-A-Bear, which she named Candy.

Thank you to Ryder and her mother, Claire, for allowing our team at Keaton’s to share our support. We look forward to continued connections, phone calls, and services as she and her family navigate their journey.

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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