Meet Luke

Feb 11, 2017

We have a very unique opportunity to get to know and follow one brave little Friends of Karen child and his family. Luke just turned 5 years old in December and is currently in Pre-K. His mom, Nicole, is a teacher, his dad, John, works in sales, and he has a little sister, Grace, who is just a year and a half old. Luke and his family live in Rockland County, NY. They are a happy, unremarkable family, but for one thing… Luke is about to go through a bone marrow transplant (the 2nd in his short life).


Jun 19, 2017

“Hope is the one thing stronger than fear.”

Grace's Birthday

Jun 12, 2017

As a part of Friends of Karen's Birthday Program, we make sure that birthdays remain a happy occasion even in the midst of illness. We provide age-appropriate birthday gifts for every child in the family. This takes one additional burden off the shoulders of parents who are caring for an ill child. Luke’s little sister, Grace, was one of those birthday recipients this month as she celebrated her 2nd birthday on June 2nd. Grace was thrilled to receive a special gift from Friends of Karen. Happy Birthday, Grace!

Days 70-90

Jun 06, 2017

The weeks are passing and we find ourselves waiting for Tuesdays to come.  Now, every other Tuesday we make our biweekly trip to Philadelphia to meet with the doctors. They take Luke’s blood to check his numbers. The last two visits left us with a long ride back to New York analyzing the doctor’s reaction as they told us Luke’s numbers had dropped. The doctors are not in the business of keeping anything from us…and if and when they are worried we will know, however, we have been down this road before and any news that is not glowing is scary.

Days 60-69

May 15, 2017

“She made broken look beautiful and strong look invincible. She walked with the universe on her shoulders and made it look like a pair of wings.”