A Survivorship Story: Supporting the Transition After Treatment

Friends of Karen began a pilot program in late 2022 to continue to provide a limited number of supports to children who have gone off formal treatment, but continue to have serious healthcare, social and educational needs. Olivia’s mother Johanna shares more below about how Friends of Karen has helped her family during this crucial stage, after Olivia was treated

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Helping Children Understand Leukemia

Our Sibling Support Program team of four child life specialists and creative arts therapists knows that learning about an illness is different than understanding it. Often when illnesses are not explained to children in an age-appropriate manner they may fill in the gaps with their imaginations, creating stories that may be even scarier than the reality. To help ill children,

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Why Riding is so Rewarding

I have supported Friends of Karen by riding in the Journey of the Heart Bike Tour since 2013. I ride for the children, their families, and for me. Obviously, the children and their families need all the support they can get. They are dealing with life-threatening illnesses that tear at the very fabric of their family life.

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A Father’s Story

Manuel is the father of 14-year-old Rashelle, who recently completed treatment for
Rhabdomyosarcoma, a disease in which cancer cells form in muscle tissue. Rashelle
was diagnosed in 2021 and relapsed in July 2022 after this article was written. The
family lives in New York City.

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