Sweet, smiling 8 year old Amelia wants to be a chef when she grows up!
Diagnosed with neurofibromatosis type 2 and a rare brain tumor (stage 3 menengioma) when she was 4 years old. Amelia is stable and doing well today, but her life is still made up of regular MRIs, scans and tests to ensure she remains that way.
The KEYS Program remains at her side throughout her journey, providing music therapy, fun respite days and smiles!
What the KEYS Program means to Amelia's family ...
"This was the BEST day of my life!" said Amelia.
In the summer of 2019, the KEYS Program was able to grant Amelia a dream come true "Chef for a Day" Smile Experience with celebrity chef Andrea Maranville, from the Great American Baking Show Holiday Edition!
Check out this video ...and the smiles...that you help make possible!
At the KEYS Program, it's all about the smiles, and no one had a more beautiful smile than KEYS kid Anna!
Anna and her family were scheduled to be our VIP guests at Fox Fest, an all day concert to benefit the KEYS Program. This event was dedicated in memory of beautiful 12-year-old Anna who lost her courageous battle with Ewing Sarcoma four days ago. Anna lit up this world with her bright, beautiful smile and touched the lives of so many.
Those who attended joined in support of Anna's family, wearing yellow (Anna's favorite color), brought sunflowers (Anna's favorite flower) and joined us in covering the field with love and support for Anna's family!
We invite you behind the scenes with this short video of our music therapist Amanda sharing music therapy with 3 year old KEYS kiddo, Kian and his mom, just a few weeks before he passed away from cancer.
Our wish is for a cure, but in the meantime, we are on a mission to bring love, light, joy and smiles to children and families like Kian's!