How to Talk With Kids About Tragedies & Other Traumatic News Events

Television and newspapers today are filled with headlines about the tragic conflict with Israel and Palestine, and the brutal war between Ukraine and Russia.  In this very difficult time, children want to know what’s going on in the world and may be asking you questions about what they have heard discussed or seen in the media.  The American Academy of

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Parent Tips for Halloween

For those who celebrate, Halloween is a fun and exciting time for kids.
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But what do you do when your child is missing out on the fun? Whether staying home is necessary for the immunocompromised, or an ill child is stuck in the hospital for treatment, this disappointing situation is common for many of our Friends of Karen

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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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Back to School Jitters, Tips and Tricks

Back to school season has long been a busy time at Friends of Karen. For weeks employees and volunteers have been tirelessly working to fulfill school supply lists for our Friends of Karen children and their siblings. It is all well worth it when we receive photos of the adorable children smiling ear to ear with the wonderful backpacks

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Summer Fun, Tips for Parents

As we near the end of school and transition into summer, shifting schedules and routines can sometimes feel overwhelming.  The end of the school year is often very busy; add in treatment, the hospital, and clinic, and there can be a feeling of exhaustion for both children and parents. Here are a few tips and tricks for a smooth transition

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Other Special Services and Information

Art Therapyarttherapyblog.comAn article about how art therapy can help cancer patients.  There’s also a section on the website about art therapy and children. CaringBridgecaringbridge.orgCaringBridge provides free, personal websites available 24/7 that connect family and friends during a serious illness. The websites are easy to create and add to with health updates, photos and visitors can leave messages of support in

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Wish Foundations

Make-A-Wish Foundationwish.orgThe Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with a life-threatening medical condition. Since 1980, Make-A-Wish has granted the wishes of more than 174,000 children around the world and currently has 65 chapters in the US. Make-A-Wish Foundation of Hudson Valley Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York and Western New York Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey Make-A-Wish Foundation of

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Camps

Camp Good Dayscampgooddays.orgCamp Good Days and Special Times, Inc. is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, adults and families whose lives have been touched by cancer and other life challenges through summer camping experiences and year-round events and activities. Camp Sunshinecampsunshine.orgCamp Sunshine, located in a beautiful Maine setting, provides families of children with a life-threatening illness a

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Survivorship

Beyond the Curethenccs.org/information-for-survivorsIts mission is to help childhood cancer survivors integrate the cancer experience into their new life as survivors and successfully handle the challenges that are ahead of them and to celebrate survivorship. Cancer Survivors Networkcsn.cancer.orgSponsored by the American Cancer Society, the Cancer Survivors Network helps cancer survivors celebrate and share their lives and their own stories through discussion

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Scholarships

Affordable Colleges Onlineaffordablecollegesonline.orgThis organization has a section on scholarships specifically for people with a disability. Andre Sobel River of Life Foundationandreriveroflife.orgAndre Sobel Award: Young Cancer Survivors’ Essay The Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation offers an annual Essay Award to young survivors of catastrophic illness as a chance to express their personal experiences. A $5,000 cash award is presented to

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