Miss Pinup Australia supports Jeans for Genes

LITTLE HUMAN: "This year would have marked Keenan's 18th birthday. There isn't a day that passes when I don't think about him," Pixie Keenan of Parklea said.

LITTLE HUMAN: "This year would have marked Keenan's 18th birthday. There isn't a day that passes when I don't think about him," Pixie Keenan of Parklea said.

From the moment Pixie Keenan held her first born son in her arms, she instantly fell in love.

“There’s absolutely nothing that can compare to holding your newborn baby...it is the ultimate in unconditional love,” Ms Keenan, founder of Miss Pinup Australia said.

“I felt instantly there was an unbreakable bond between us and an overwhelming amount of joy. But I knew something wasn’t right. I knew it even before he was born – I could just feel it.

“It took five days for Keenan to open his eyes and he would constantly cry in pain.”

For several months, Ms Keenan went back and forth to doctors, begging them to run tests on her baby boy.

At just three-and-a half-months old, Keenan was diagnosed with Malignant Infantile Osteopetrosis, a rare congenital genetic disease characterised by increased bone density due to impaired bone resorption by osteoclasts. Skeletal bone becomes overly dense and brittle causing strangulation to nerves, particularly in the skull.

“At Keenan’s stage of diagnosis, only two other children in Australia had been diagnosed with the disease,” the Parklea resident said. “I wished every day that I could take away his suffering and take it on myself.”

She said despite the fact Keenan had endured operation after operation, his high spirit shone bright.

“Irrespective to the fact that he was in agonising pain, he could still give you a smile. He had such a beautiful soul and he was a true fighter. He is my hero,” Ms Keenan said.

Keenan lost his battle for life two weeks before his first birthday. In memory of Keenan, Miss Pinup Australia will run the Miss Pinup Jeans for Genes Fundraiser Fair on August 5.

“A lot of people are unaware of how many children are affected by childhood diseases. We hope this event helps to raise awareness in out community,” the 48-year-old said.

I wished every day that I could take away his suffering and take it on myself.

Pixie Keenan

“I feel that if I can help eliminate childhood diseases by raising much needed funds for the Children’s Medical Research Institute, then other families won’t have to go through what I did.”

RAISING AWARENESS: Ms Keenan hopes to raise $20,000 at the Miss Pinup Jeans for Genes Fundraiser Fair on August 5 at Drive In Blacktown. Pictures: Isabella Lettini

RAISING AWARENESS: Ms Keenan hopes to raise $20,000 at the Miss Pinup Jeans for Genes Fundraiser Fair on August 5 at Drive In Blacktown. Pictures: Isabella Lettini