Keaton Barrón Charity Classic 2020
The 2020 Keaton Barrón Charity Classic was a great success! Thank you to the 220 golfers, 35 volunteers, and 20 committee members who made it such a wonderful day of raising money for local children battling cancer.
This year's tournament raised $59,000! The K Club board presented a check to the Children's Hospital Foundation on September 11 for $30,000. It will fund local pediatric cancer research so that Oklahoma children can receive the best treatment possible without leaving their families and the medical staff they have grown to love.
The additional $29,000 will complete the funding of Keaton’s Clubhouse, a safe space on the hematology/oncology floor at The Children’s Hospital where patients can relax and play outside of the confines of their hospital rooms. Renovations are scheduled to begin in November 2020 and be completed in January 2021. This beautiful lounge area will provide opportunities for oncology patients to experience a small piece of a “normal” childhood.
Please save the date for our 2021 events. Our dinner and auction will be held on April 11, and the golf tournament will be held on April 12. Both events will be held at beautiful Oak Tree Country Club. Space for the auction will be limited, so watch for tickets to go on sale in the coming months.
Keaton Lucas Barrón
How does one describe the best person he or she has ever known? Keaton Lucas was born on March 21, 2010. He was the sweetest baby - always happy, laid-back, and full of joy.
As a toddler, he was an "old soul" who loved Mickey Mouse, the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the OSU Cowboys. After a few unexplained illnesses, his parents took him to the doctor and heard the words no parent ever wants to hear, "It looks like leukemia." Keaton was rushed to OU Children's Hospital and began treatment immediately.
For three and a half years, Keaton battled this disease and successfully finished chemotherapy on December 27, 2015. However, he relapsed on March 22, 2016, and relapsed again on July 18, 2017. He fought hard, taking every medication and following every order given by his doctors who worked so hard to try and save him.
Throughout his five and a half years of chemotherapy, radiation, t-cell therapy and more, Keaton remained positive, agreeable, hilarious, and sweet. He always put others ahead of himself and fought with grace and courage, never complaining about the countless hospital and clinic visits or missing out on so many life experiences because of his illness. Keaton was a shining example of what it means to live with kindness, courage, compassion, and care for others every single day.
Keaton passed away at home on May 11, 2018. He touched many lives, taught others about faith, hope, and never giving up, and leaves a legacy that his family and friends hope to share for years to come.
Keaton’s Kindness Foundation is a 501(c)3, and all donations are tax deductible and greatly appreciated. It is our goal to continue Keaton’s mission of kindness, courage, compassion, and caring while fighting for a cure for pediatric cancer so that no child has to suffer as Keaton did and no family has to lose a precious son or daughter.