Umbrella Program

  • In 2013, the Umbrella program helped an additional 34 children and their families.
  • The Jonathan T. Weiss Memorial Fund, named for an esteemed President of the Friends of Karen Board of Directors, supports the Umbrella program.

 

Umbrella Program

Umbrella Program
Umbrella Program

This initiative began in 2006 to provide limited support for families with a critically-ill child who live outside of Friends of Karen's 22-county service area but are being treated at a hospital within our geographic area and/or have lived in our geographic service area for less than one year prior to the time of their child's diagnosis.   (See Guidelines For Family Assistance - Are You Eligible? for details.)

  • Friends of Karen will assist families with illness-related expenses such as co-pays, travel to and from the hospital, and meals while the child is in-treatment or in-hospital.
  • In many instances, one of the parents in the Umbrella Program will have to live away from the rest of the family during the time(s) when the child is hospitalized. To ease their burden, Friends of Karen will cover a portion of their living costs at the Ronald McDonald House, cell phone expenses, and childcare expenses for the sibling(s) left at home.

 

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