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Keaton’s Story

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.

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Lilies for Keaton and Dr. Pete's Birthday

Happy Birthday, Dr. Pete
Just remembering you as usual on yours and Keaton's birth date. Hope all is going well with your new location and practice.I heard from several how they miss you at MD Anderson. I saw several of the pediatric medical team from Houston at James Ragan's funeral...so very sad.

I'm sending a special picture that I think you will appreciate.

About six years ago, after Keaton had already been diagnosed with Osteo, he and his brother, Kaleb, planted some seeds from a package of Lily flower seeds, which someone gave Keaton as part of a care package while he was in the hospital. Everyone knew how Keaton loved all plants and flowers, as well as all creatures...actually any living thing he loved to nurture and care for. Keaton just loved life.

Anyway, the flowers did not grow until a year after he died, and then one tall and beautiful orange lily plant sprang up, right around his first birthday after he left us. Every year one or two more will bloom. This year, we have a whole bed full, and this morning, for his birthday, a new one bloomed overnight...this one is different in shape and with black spots on the orange...very cool! I know he would be so excited to see his flowers growing and thriving. And I just wanted to share with you, and hope that you are having as good a birthday as you deserve. We will never forget you.

With love and appreciation for always,
Karen, Kaleb, and Lee family

Miss you too much to put into words, my Keaton. If only you were here as you should be to blow out your candles, and admire your so very lovely birthday lilies.
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Marge Castee;
By Marge Casteel
Just wanted you to know we are continuing to pray for you and your family.
- family of Jameson Casteel (02/13/1997 - 10/21/2009)
Cindy Smith
By Cindy Smith
Happy Heavenly Birthday Keaton! I'll bet you have had something to do with those beautiful blooms. I will never forget you or your journey. My thoughts and prayers are with you mom and the whole family who all miss Keaton so very much.
Saber Tavlin
By Saber and Zack
Happy 21st birthday, Keaton! We miss you. Wow, 21...

Beautiful flowers....signs from above.
C. Donaldson
By C. Donaldson
Happy Birthday to both Keaton and Dr. Pete. And blessings on Keaton's Mom and Family. Love you, AB
judy mescon
By judy mescon
What beautiful flowers. I think that Keaton sent you blooms on his birthday knowing how hard it is for you. Missing Keaton but thinking of him and holding his memory in my heart always.
mom to Jenna
Ranae Christensen
By Ranae Christensen
Happy Birthday Keeton! Thank you for loving every living thing with all you heart and watching over your mother and your brother.. We love you and miss you dearly. Wonder what you and Shane are doing today? I know everyday that we are one day closer to the both of you. Keep sending those signs!!