Miracle Mom: Do You Know This Child?

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Miracle Mom, This is Keaton’s Story:

Keaton was born with Duplex Kidney, meaning there were two kidneys on the right side also {a rare occurrence}. When Keaton was born, doctors put him on antibiotics and all seemed fine until he was almost six months old. Then, he started screaming for hours. Doctors ordered x-rays and found that all of his intestines were on the right side of his body as well. Further tests showed it was due to Keaton’s left kidney. Doctors performed surgery to remove the upper half of Keaton’s kidney, but the pain continued.

It seems like too much pain for a little baby, right?

Months later, it was discovered Keaton had a chronic appendix, it was full of adhesions and thus removed. The moment his appendix was removed, Keaton found instant relief.

Unfortunately, this brave little man also had to undergo two sinus surgeries plus he suffers from chronic back, leg and arm pain, neuropathy, asthma, high blood pressure and severe acid reflux. He had fundoplication surgery to stop the reflux, and has had a g-tube since.

Keaton, like so many children in Alberta, are cared by many specialists at the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton. Currently he sees various professionals in Nephrology, Neurology, Pulmonology, Ear Nose & Throat, Gastrointestinal and the Pain Clinic.

Keaton’s days may be filled with appointments and tests but that in no way defines this remarkable young boy. As an 8 year-old, Keaton loves reading, watching movies and playing LEGO. He also enjoys to swim, one of the only sports that doesn’t worsen his chronic pain. But a great one he is, his Mom is quick to proudly boast of his swimming abilities.

His Mom has said, “Keaton has a gigantic heart and I think because of what he has gone through is extremely compassionate, especially to those he sees hurting or in pain”.

For his future, Keaton often has said that he wants to be a ‘Stollery Doctor’ so that the can help other kids just like him {collective ‘awww’}. Yet, he also loves furry friends, so whether it’s sick animals or kids, I’m sure he’ll one day be that healer just like he’s set out to be.

Now I have a question for you, my readers:

Do you know a child like Keaton? What I mean is, the next time you take your kids to swim class or pass a child in the toy store – that child you pass could be one that depends on care at one of the many hospitals that Children’s Miracle Network supports. They need and deserve a little Miracle!

What can YOU do about it? How can YOU help children in your community?

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I have made it a personal goal to raise $1000 for the Miracle Moms program.

For all the kids who need this help, YOU can be apart of their {healthy} future. All contributions raised through my page will benefit the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton, through the Children’s Miracle Network.

I am politely asking you to make a donation, and any donation over $20 will come with a tax receipt. Yet, if donating is just not possible right now, please share my donation page on Facebook, email and/or Twitter. Sharing is caring so please share away. I thank and appreciate all the support!


To read more about how the Children’s Miracle Network helps other kids, please follow the #MiracleMoms hashtag on Twitter.



  1. I sent you a small donation – I love that they allow PayPal donations. I’d also be happy to send a Free Helping Hands Pitch to the bloggers at the mom blog wire for you … amybe some of them would be willing to feature your fund raiser… drop me a note.

    1. Thank you so much Kay, literally every little bit helps. Again, THANK YOU!
      Let me know what you have in mind, send me an email!

  2. Thank you for supporting this cause! I’ll be completely honest and tell you that financially I am supporting the soon to be (hopefully) Children’s Hospital here in Saskatchewan because it is long over due but I just wanted to take a moment to let you know that I read your post and wish nothing but the best for Keaton! I will also share your post 🙂

  3. This is such a great cause. Everytime Save On Foods here does a donation drive for BC Childrens Hospital we make a donation. Not only has our daughter received services from doctors at this hospital but we have numerous friends whose children receive services through this hospital and in some cases these doctors have performed life saving procedures for their little ones. It is truly amazing what they can do, and also great that not only do they provide wonderful care in the hospitals they work in they also travel to other areas to see children. So far we have been lucky in that we have been able to see these doctors from Vancouver when they come to our Northern community for clinics but it is great knowing that should we eve need it there is a wonderful team of doctors dedicated to caring for children in one location.

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