News Releases

Mar 28 2014

The Gift of a Holiday Dinner for a Sick Child

“Thank you, Friends of Karen, for brightening our Easter spirits with all the much needed help and support you provide to my family.”

Helen, an 8-year-old battling Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, wrote that to Friends of Karen, a local children’s charity.  Easter and Passover are a great time for families to get together.  But when parents are overwhelmed with caring for a child with cancer or another life-threatening illness, they often have to miss out on festive occasions -- a holiday is just another day in the hospital full of worries and fears.

Nov 7 2013

Friends of Karen Is Bringing Gifts (and Smiles) to Sick Children

Help Deliver the Holiday Season to Those Who Need It Most

“We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for letting our kids have the best Christmas.  That is exactly what my 4-year-old said, “Mommy, this is the best Christmas ever!” and without Friends of Karen it would not have been possible.  When I saw all the boxes that came in the mail, I cried, I was so overwhelmed with emotion that there are people out there who care so much for my family.”     

Oct 25 2013

Friends of Karen Delivers Thanksgiving to Sick Children and Their Families

Help Bring This Special Holiday to Those in Need

The festive table, the yummy aromas, the pleasure of sharing a holiday meal with loved ones. But for families caring for a child with cancer or another life-threatening illness, Thanksgiving may be just another day of worry at the hospital.

Sep 10 2013

CNN's Randi Kaye to Host Friends of Karen's Gala

A breathtaking panorama of Manhattan and beyond is the setting for Friends of Karen’s gala benefit, “An Evening at Tribeca Rooftop.” Friends of Karen provides vital, practical and comprehensive support, at no cost, to families in the Tri-State region who are caring for a child with a life-threatening illness. The event takes place on Tuesday, October 1, at Tribeca Rooftop in Manhattan, and will honor Jonathan (Jody) and J Durst for their unwavering dedication to the families Friends of Karen helps.

Aug 1 2013

Friends of Karen Sends Kids Back to School with Smiles

Local Children's Charity Needs Help Filling 650 Backpacks

“The back-to-school supplies were a blessing. It alleviated the stress of trying to fit one more thing in to do in between doctor visits and transfusions and everything else that is crazy in our life.  What a tremendous impact your generosity has had on our family.”

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