Sadie Keller is a 10-year-old child in Dallas, Texas, who survived Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. This is a deadly childhood cancer that she was diagnosed with when she was seven. She spent the next three years going through weekly chemotherapy treatments. She also had multiple blood transfusions, had infections, and had a rare side effect from her treatment. She didn’t attend 2nd or 3rd grade, missing out on many normal things kids do.
Knowing firsthand what it was like to go through cancer for herself and her family, she founded the Sadie Keller Foundation. This foundation has two purposes. The first is to provide support to children and families who are going through similar circumstances. The second purpose is to lobby for funding for pediatric cancer research. Just four percent of all the money spent on cancer research is on childhood cancer.
She lobbied members of the United States Congress to support the STAR Act as well as the Race for Children Act. Both of these were acts to provide funding for childhood cancer research. For the past three years, Sadie Keller has appeared at the Cure Fest for Childhood Cancer, which is held in the nation’s capital annually during Childhood Cancer Awareness month.
The Sadie Keller Foundation relies on donations from corporations and business leaders. Among the Dallas-based organizations that have supported this foundation are Southwest Airlines, the Mays Family Foundation, and The Kimberly Hotel. Matt Fleeger of Gulf Coast Western, Inc., has also supported it. He raised $14,000 that has been used to create support gift packs for children and families with pediatric cancer.
Matt Fleeger works in the oil and gas industry. Previously, he was in the tanning industry and owned a medical waste management firm. As a business leader and philanthropist, he has supported several children’s causes in the greater Dallas area.