Sadie Keller is an 11-year-old who survived childhood leukemia. She has publicly spoken about cancer and is already a philanthropist. She inspired a nonprofit to be formed which is the Sadie Keller Foundation. This foundation, established in North Texas, provides support to other children who have cancer and to their families as well.
Sadie Keller was diagnosed with leukemia when she was 7-years-old. Her doctor diagnosed her as having acute lymphoblastic leukemia. This is a type of cancer that aggressively attacks blood and bone marrow. She spent the next three years doing chemotherapy treatments, blood transfusions, and infections. She was unable to attend school during 2nd and 3rd grade due to her disease. She successfully completed her treatment in May 2017 and has been diagnosed as cancer-free.
The Sadie Keller Foundation was formed by her parents. This nonprofit collects money from a network of families and individuals who support their efforts to help other children with cancer. Entrepreneur Matthew Fleeger is one of the people that has been supporting this nonprofit. The CEO of Gulf Coast Western, LLC, Matthew Fleeger decided to host an event called Sadie’s Sleigh toy drive. This raised $14,000 for the Sadie Keller Foundation. Combined with another $25,000 that was raised it was enough money to provide 13,000 toys to children with cancer.
The Sadie Keller Foundation recently thanked all of their supporters and sponsors. This included The Kimberly Hotel, Mays Family Foundation, Seay Group Realty, Matthew Fleeger, and Coulder Peak Capital among others. Sadie and her parents said that these supporters are extremely important in helping their nonprofit grow and help other children.
This nonprofit was able to gift 1,500 toys to children in the year it began, 2015. In 2016 they gave away 5,000 toys and in 2017 more than 10,000 to children in the Dallas/Fort Worth area who were fighting cancer.