Bulk Family Collects Toys With “Team Keegan”

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FREMONT, Mich. — At age 11, Keegan Bulk’s motto is “I beat cancer and it ran away scared”.  Now, the young cancer survivor and his family are paying it forward to other young patients diagnosed with the disease.

The Bulk family launched “Team Keegan” last spring. The non-profit ships treasure chests full of toys to kids fighting cancer in West Michigan and across the country.

Each box is handcrafted by Keegan’s dad and stuffed with more than $100 dollars worth of goodies.

“Our hope is obviously one day they’ll be a cure,” said Jennifer Bulk, Keegan’s mom.  “Until there’s a cure, we will hopefully be able to get a box into every child that requests one.”

The Bulk family was inspired to help bring smiles and happiness to those dealing with childhood cancer after getting the news that Keegan was in remission in May 2011.

Keegan, who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in September 2010, underwent six cycles of chemotherapy and 30 radiation treatments to combat his condition.

His parents watched as small toys like an X-Box game, helped him fight such a big battle. They created the Team Keegan treasure boxes to give other kids motivation to hang in there.

“After every poke, chemo, shot, struggle, they can pick out a prize, an incentive for being brave,” explained Jennifer. “We’ve reached 29 states as of right now.”

Most of the treasure chests make their way into the hands of kids at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, where the family personally delivered the 100th box last month.

“In the end, it’s all worth it to see kids smile and to help them on their journey through their treatments,” said Donny Bulk, Keegan’s dad. “Hopefully Team Keegan can keep going and helping out with other kids that are dealing with this.”

The family has shipped out more than 115 of the special toy boxes. They’re hoping to expand the non-profit one day with a building to increase their operation.

In the meantime, the family is holding a live auction to raise money for Team Keegan on Saturday, February 23, 2013.

The event is scheduled for 10 am at First Reformed Church in Fremont. Doors open at 9 am.

Team Keegan is always accepting donations. Donations are tax deductible.

For more information, you can visit the website by clicking here.

Or, find them on Facebook by clicking here. Find more event details by clicking here.

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  • Brenda Albee

    WTG team Keegan! I have watched your journey and followed team Keegan for several months now. He is a inspiration to many people. What a great idea!

  • Karen O'Neal

    Keegan and his family give other childrenand their families that are dealing with cancer hope for a cure one day. But, in the meantime, the treasure chest put so many smiles on their faces! Keegan's Grandpa Denney, also has played a big part in getting the treasure chests made. We hope that people attend the Team Keegan Auction on Feb 23rd! There are some great items that will be auctioned off. Check out http://www.team-keegan.com for a list that keeps growing!

  • Jeannie Bulk

    It is so sad to see your grandson go and the families go through this ordeal. Keegan has been one tough little guy and first it was one mohawk at a time and all the kids/parents had mohawks It was a very good way to show awareness to childhood cancer and then they started the gift boxes and it is so heart warming to see the smiles on the kids face. My hope and prayers are that someday they will not have one request for a treasure chest as there is a CURE out there for these kids. Thank you Donny Jennifer Keegan Papa Bernie for all the smiles you help put on these kids.

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