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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.
4 years ago... Or 4 month...or 4 days...it all feels the same. Does not seem possible that it has been 4 years since I heard that heartbreaking news that Dan was gone. And then went over to Keaton, sitting in Dan's recliner, and held him as we cried for the loss of such a special young man. Sometimes it all seems like a bad dream...sometimes this life seems like a bad dream. So proud of you guys, for the tenacity and drive you have shown, in accomplishing such a huge achievement. Not only a honor for your son, but such a need fulfilled for so many. I recognize this building..it is such a gorgeous place! I wish I could be there Saturday, but don't think I can make it then. But I definitely want to visit and see it and you guys, soon.
Keeping you both in my thoughts and prayers. These anniversary dates are never easy. But your great news today has to have been good for you. And will be for so many in the future. Congratulations.
Dan Kenneavey from Wisconsin, and his mom, Dawn, in the background, with Keaton and me at a mall in the Philippines. Dan did the same experimental therapy as Keaton, attempting to find something to stem the Osteosarcoma monster that attacked him so relentlessly. Such an outstanding young man. He died in a hospital in the Philippines, 4 years ago. His parents have started a foundation in his name to help provide lodging while in Houston for medical treatment, for young adults over 18, no longer eligible for children's aid, yet still so much need. Dan's House of Hope will do great things.
BREAKING NEWS!!!! The DHOH mission takes a giant step forward with today's acquisition of a new property. The 5700 square foot B&B type facility is located in Houston's Museum District, minutes from the front doors of most of the TX Medical Center hospitals. It will not only provide ample space for events, gatherings and programming for visiting and local Houstonian AYAs, but housing for 4 to 6 out of town young adult cancer patients and caregivers. Tomorrow is the 4 year anniversary of Dan's passing - today is the next step in his dream of building a sense of community for young adults becoming reality.