Oscar’s parents, Yavanna and Lar Keogh:
Oscar’s Kids was created in honour of our incredible son Oscar who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in January 2018, passing just 19 months later in July 2019. Our mission as a charity is guided by the immense joy with which he lived life, his endless bravery and the magic he injected into every day, even the hardest ones. It is also inspired by the kindness and support bestowed upon us by so many charities and individuals during that time. One of the greatest gifts was the beginning of our friendship with Melissa and her husband Winston which not only brought great happiness to Oscar’s life and created a deep bond between our two families, but also led to us to taking this journey together as friends and parents to create an international paediatric cancer charity to benefit and support children on both sides of the Atlantic.
Through Oscar’s Kids we hope to help families live brightly, even on the darkest days. Just as Oscar did.
Oscar’s Kids U.S.
Oscar’s Kids US, co-founder, Melissa Rauch:
It was the power of a mother’s love that brought the extraordinary Oscar Keogh into my life. The remarkable Yavanna Keogh and her incredible husband, Lar, touched my heart beyond measure when they shared their mission of filling their son Oscar’s world with magical experiences…packing a lifetime of memories into what was almost guaranteed to be a young life cut short. Oscar was diagnosed with an aggressive form of pediatric cancer called DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma) which, at this time, is incurable. Despite that grim and dark diagnosis, Oscar’s parents were actively choosing to bring as much light to their precious boy’s life as possible. Yavanna happens to be a brilliant writer, and she detailed their experiences in the most heartbreaking and beautiful posts I’d ever read. Her words took my breath away, as they shot an arrow directly into the heart of anyone fortunate enough to read them. It was incredibly humbling that they reached out to invite me to be a part of their mission for Oscar, given that at the age of four, he had adorably declared my character on The Big Bang Theory “his girlfriend.”
Melissa Rauch is an actress, writer and producer best known for her portrayal of Bernadette Rostenkowski, on THE BIG BANG THEORY. She starred in the comedy THE BRONZE, which she co-wrote, and executive produced with her husband, Winston Rauch. The film was the official opening night film selection of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
Winston Rauch is a film and TV writer, producer and father based in Southern California. He co-wrote the film, THE BRONZE, which was the opening night film selection of the Sundance Film Festival and he currently has multiple TV projects in development as a producer including an upcoming sequel to the sitcom Night Court for NBC.