The Keenen Family

When Savannah was born on June 14, 2003 she was nearly three months premature and weighed one pound, 11 ounces. She spent the first three months of her life in the NICU and dealt with many complications.

Savannah eventually came home from the hospital, but unfortunately this was not the only challenge she would have to endure. After experiencing fevers and a scary bout of seizures, Savannah was diagnosed with a very rare liver cancer called hepatoblastoma. This cancer is so rare that only about 100 children in the whole world are diagnosed with hepatoblastoma each year.

Over the next year, Savannah received three different kinds of chemotherapy, and every three weeks she would spend 10 consecutive days in inpatient care at Penn State Children’s Hospital. At one point, she weighed only 30 pounds and survived on just four cans of PediaSure a day.

But we’re happy to share that Savannah has now been in remission for three years and is a happy, healthy thirteen-year-old. She even started a Mini-THON® at her school, E.R. Martin, to help other kids on their childhood cancer journey.

Thanks to the generosity of people like you, Savannah’s family never received a bill for her treatment. Four Diamonds covered the cost of her cancer care, including hearing aids Savannah needed that insurance wouldn’t pay for. Every day, Savannah’s family is inspired by the thousands of supporters who are working to conquer childhood cancer. Thank you for all you do!