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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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Keaton and best doctor in the world, Dr. Pete Anderson, on both their  birthdays, since they have same.

Keaton and best doctor in the world, Dr. Pete Anderson, on both their birthdays, since they have same.

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 From the first birthday without him. And still always a difficult day. And still and forever missing our Keaton.

By karen lee — Jul 8, 2010 6:08am

Birthday candles glowing bright
Laughter drifting through the light

Now replaced by broken heart
Silent echoes in the dark

Once this was,oh..such a happy date
 But this one is hard to celebrate

I love you, my son...miss you so bad
I grieve, my son...I long for what we had

Sweet sixteen forever, my Keaton. You wanted so bad to drive a have a be a teenager. The monster disease deprived you of all that. And of your dream to be a master herpetologist and researcher working in the rain forests, so sure you would find new species of creatures...perhaps even a cure for the cancer that took you...your desire to be a loved babies and little kids so much.... and, of course your plans to be a crochety old took such delight in describing that to me...and you were so certain you would live to be a hundred and four, even with all the odds stacked against you - you knew you would beat them. 

And so, three months have dragged by, since I saw your face....kissed your cheek. Now the first birthday without you here to blow out your candles. And life goes on.....even when we don't want it to.

Happy birthday, Dr. Pete. Thanks for the memories. Wish I could turn back the hands of time, and we could celebrate yours and Keaton's birthdays together..just one more time.

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Abigail Spaulding
By Abigail Spaulding
Lots of hugs and prayers as you miss your Dear Keaton!
Cindy Smith
By Cindy Smith
Thinking of you today. I never knew Keaton i person but he has become alive to me through your posts. Praying for peace and comfort for you today and always.
Avis Fortner
By Avis Fortner
Missing you today and every day! So wish you were here to ride with Barrett and tour Kilimanjaro Safari as he talks about animals. I am sure you could provide him with lots of additional material for the tour. Our world will never be the same. Love you Keaton, always!
Lee Ann Eurs
By Lee Ann Eurs
Always remembering your sweet boy! I will never forget him, and what an incredible child he was. I have a garter snake living in my back yard...when I see him, I think about Keaton and his love for creatures great and small! God bless you mama...on this, his birthday.
Joyce Nosker
By Joyce Nosker
God bless you and be with you during this first birthday since Keaton's passing into heaven.
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Martha Cope
By Martha Cope
I drove down I-30 the other day and looked at the building where the funeral was, I never pass it that I don't think of Keaton and you Karen. God Bless!
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MiMi Olsson
By With Hope, MiMi
xoxoxo Miss your posts.
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Cindy Fowler
By Aunt Cindy
Thinking of you today. I saw a new lizard yesterday and thought of Keaton. I bet he could have told me what kind it was. I miss him most at family get tog ethers. He was always telling us about some new adventure he had experienced. I know he is enjoying all the creatures in heaven. We miss and love you, Keaton.
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Lu Ann Flechsig
By Lu Ann Flechsig
Sending you a big cyber hug Karen. I'd eat one of those gross eggs in honor of Keaton's birthday. but I think I'll have to pass and just make sure I seize the day and pass on kindness. XOXO
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