Keaton | 2019 Basketball Kid Captain | Blank Children's

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Keaton

Keaton is a happy boy who is always smiling. He loves to dance and be silly, and he’s always excited to learn something new. 

When he was three years old, Keaton had a language delay and struggled with learning. He attended a special education preschool in Waukee. One day at school, Keaton became unresponsive, and his teachers immediately called 9-1-1. The ambulance took Keaton and his mom, Dana, to Blank Children’s Hospital. Keaton was evaluated immediately and an MRI was ordered, which showed that he had experienced a seizure. After meeting with the doctor, Keaton was diagnosed with generalized epilepsy. 

As an epileptic, Keaton has been on daily medication for the past three years but continues to have seizures intermittently. After an MRI in 2017, the scans still displayed seizure activity, but Keaton’s family is hopeful that he can one day outgrow his seizures and no longer need medication. 

“Keaton currently takes medication in the morning and before bedtime to control his seizures,” said his mom, Dana. “We also bring rescue medication with us whenever we go somewhere.” 

The youngest of four children, Keaton’s life is very similar to anyone else’s his age, despite the challenges he has faced so far. He attends Kindergarten in Waukee, where he also attended two years of preschool. While at school, Keaton has speech therapy, occupational therapy, and special education services in all academic areas. 

A typical 6-year-old, Keaton loves playing with Legos and eating at McDonald’s, jumping on the trampoline and being silly. He enjoys reading, counting to ten, and playing games on the iPad. Playing with his brothers is a favorite pastime, and he adores his big sister. 

“Although Keaton’s diagnosis has impacted our family, he also brings so much joy to our lives,” said Dana. “We always worry about him and his future, but most parents do that! Keaton is so much more than just his diagnosis! He has so much to give and brings joy and hugs to so many people!”

As Kid Captain, Keaton is looking forward to having fun at the game and giving high fives and fist bumps to the players.