Community Celebrates the Life of 8-Year-Old Who Died From Cancer


On Saturday, February 9, a community celebrated the life of 8-year-old Keagan Provost, who passed away earlier this year after a long battle with cancer, at Lake Willastein Park in Maumelle.

“Robin and I just want to thank everyone for coming out today,” Provost said.

It was a full crowd at Lake Willastein Park and it was all for a warrior named Keagan.

“He would have loved to see every one of you all out here today doing this,” Provost said.

Keagan would have turned 9-years-old on Monday, February 11, 2019.

“I know he is looking down on us and smiling seeing all this orange that is about to come his way,” Provost said.

He passed away after a long fought battle with ependymoma, the third most common brain cancer in children.

“We appreciate everybody that came out today and supported us through everything we have gone through with Keagan in the last 8 years,” Provost said.

The community came together to celebrate Keagan’s life and the impact he had on others and chanted from the crowd, “Happy Birthday Keagan! I love you!”

Balloons drifted away in the sky and each had a different message just for Keagan.

“He would tell you I’m a fan of orange,” Robin Unwer said. “That is my favorite color.” 

Keagan had over 150 radiation treatments and 81 surgeries throughout his battle.

“It was tough, really tough, on us but he always had a smile on face,” Unwer said.

His contagious smile touched so many people.

“Didn’t matter if you meet him once or a hundred times you would always remember Keagan,” Provost said.

While Keagan may be gone, his spirit lives on.

“We miss you so much buddy we think about you every day,” Provost said. “We will never forget you and we will keep your memory alive buddy.”

Click here, if you would like to help his family or other children battling cancer at Arkansas Children’s Foundation.

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