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William "Will" Keating

William "Will" Keating

Will Keating passed away on March 14, 2018. He was only 12 years old. In October of 2017, he was diagnosed with a form of Nephrotic Syndrome. As part of his treatment, Will received infusions from Children's Hospital Orange County's (CHOC) Outpatient Infusion Center (OPI) two to three times a week. We cannot say enough about the wonderful care he received in the OPI.

Due to his condition, he was very swollen. Inserting an IV was near impossible without the use of an ultrasound machine. CHOC's Outpatient Infusion Center did not have a dedicated ultrasound machine for their use, so Will, along with many other children, waited until a team arrived with an ultrasound machine to insert their IVs. This wait for Will could be up to 2 hours; time spent waiting just for the ability to start treatments which lasted hours.

The week prior to his passing, Will was joking with his mom. If we won the lottery, the first thing we would buy was an ultrasound machine dedicated solely to the OPI. That way, no child would have to spend time waiting to get their infusion started. Nurses in the unit had expressed the need for their own machine but let it be known there was no funding for the ultrasound or nurse training.

Thanks to your generous donations, CHOC has purchased a new Ultrasound. Will's Final Wish has allowed CHOC to reduce the time waiting for treatments to start and spend more time at home with their families.

While this piece of equipment has been funded and put into use, many children can still be helped. Our goal is to raise $150,000 to continue to help the children who require the services of CHOC's OPI. All of the money raised will be used to purchase necessary equipment and provide training to the CHOC Outpatient Infusion Center nurses.

Please make your donations in the "Honor of Will Keating" to ensure the funds will go to the OPI.

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CHOC Children's Hospital
Attn: CHOC Children's Foundation
1201 West La Veta, Orange, CA 92868
Checks made out to: CHOC Foundation
JAN
20
JAN
15

Thank you to everyone who donated in memory of our Aunt Janice. Family was the most important thing to Aunt Janice. Anyone who met her quickly realized the love and pride she felt for her children and grandchildren. She showed the same affinity for her nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. She had a special bond with each one of us. Will and Aunt Janice shared a special connection and always enjoyed their time together. Aunt Janice appreciated Will’s quick wit and often encouraged his commentary. They shared so many special moments and private jokes. Knowing they are now together, and she is watching out for him gives our family a bit of peace. Julia, Abigail, and Will looked forward to their time with Aunt Janice growing up. She visited us often even after we moved to California, attending Will’s baseball games and spending time with the girls. Aunt Janice was always eager to find out how each of us was doing. Our time with Aunt Janice consistently brought fun and memorable moments. There aren’t too many people who can say they had such a close relationship with their great-aunt; our children are the lucky ones. We all are. Aunt Janice will always hold a special place in our hearts. Thank you for honoring her with your gift. Love, Bill, Gina, Julia, and Abigail

DEC
19

While shadowing at CHOC, Julia witnessed the impact your donations are making first hand. During her NICU rotation, the PICC Team came in with the ultrasound machine donated in memory of Will to insert an IV into one of CHOC's youngest patients.

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$61,710.18
raised of $150,000 goal
 

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