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Keaton Raphael Memorial

Keaton Raphael had his dad’s big brown eyes and thick lashes, his mom’s delicate features, and an impish grin all his own. The Roseville boy lost his battle with neuroblastoma in February 1998 at age five, but his parents keep his memory alive through the Keaton Raphael Memorial.

This year alone Robyn and Kyle Raphael raised $20,000 to support pediatric cancer research at UC Davis Cancer Center through the foundation that bears their son’s name.

And that’s just their latest contribution. Over the past four years, the foundation has contributed a “Fun Center,” a wheeled cart equipped with TV, VCR and Nintendo 64, to the pediatric stem cell transplant program at UC Davis Cancer Center; donated toys and a play structure to the nearby Ronald McDonald House; supported the pediatric pain management program at UC Davis Children’s Hospital; and awarded cash grants to local families to defray non-medical costs incurred when a child is diagnosed with cancer.
For more information about the Roseville-based foundation, visit


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