This is Keaton’s sister, Katie. Thank you for all of the wonderful comments you have shared with us on this page. They have helped our family during this difficult time. If anyone would like to make contributions to assist with funeral expenses, please do so by making a payment through Paypal. Keaton is an adventurous 14 year-old. He loves seafood, especially sushi, which is not what a 14 year-old normally craves. He also is fascinated by reptiles. His collection of reptiles includes an iguana, snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs and a tarantula. We call it Keaton's Zoo.
From a very early age, he was fascinated with animals, specifically reptiles. The minute you talk to him you'll see how vast his knowledge of reptiles truly is. He'll spout out a random fact about a sand boa and he'll talk about the mating rituals of snakes and frogs. We call him our mini-herpetologist.
In March of 2007, Keaton went into the doctor complaining of a pain in his hip. X-rays and scans confirmed that he had osteosarcoma: bone cancer in his upper right femur.
This is his story of triumph over adversity.
This below was written by Keaton's younger brother, my Kaleb. The world lost a shining light last night when the Osteo Monster took another. James and Keaton met in 2007 during their first thoracotomies, and became fast friends, and his family have been such a support and such wonderful friends to us. Some of the most special people I have ever known. My heart breaks with theirs.
Once in a lifetime, you might meet someone like no other. Someone who could lead, inspire, and help anyone in need.Someone who was always there no matter what. Someone who, even at a young age, could make a change in this world, and he did.
This someone is now not with us anymore. His name was JamesRagan, and let this name be immortalized in stone. James Ragan, a friend that I will never forget. You were the most inspirationalperson I ever met. You would always take the worst of situations, and turn them into something joyous. From all of your fundraiserevents, to the days of spending them at MD Anderson, it seemed nothing could bring you down. I will never forget the time you had taken us all for a great night on Bourbon street. I will never forget your smile. I will never forget what you did for me and myfamily. My heart goes out to the Ragan's today. Mecklin Ragan,your brother was the most amazing person I will ever know. He was like no other, and words can not express how amazing you and your family are. You and your family's support upon this community has truly changed the world. Thank you for helping my brother throughout his treatment. You were a spark that helped him through hard times. I can only imagine you are now with him, sharing stories and having a good time. Perhaps you can teach him a little golf. Osteosarcoma, a disease that has claimed too many lives. The disease that claimed my brother, KeatonLee, you, and too many countless other great lives. You have proven to me that anything is possible, and throughout my educationand career in research, I will never forget the name that has claimed too many. Perhaps one day I can take your drive and inspiration, and help end this terrible disease. So here's to you James Ragan, A hero, A leader, My friend, your legacy, never forgotten. I don't like endings, but you have spread your love and inspiration on so many others, that I see new beginnings everywhere. 2006 to 2014, a long battle to fight. I'll miss you greatly James. You now rest peacefully, and your legacy, spread throughout the universe.