With your help

Friends of Karen is a lifeline of support for families in the NY Tri-State area.

Since 1978, Friends of Karen has guided families caring for a child with a life threatening illness through their difficult journey. We have helped families navigate the emotional and financial confusion that lies ahead.

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What's New

Congratulations Class of 2024

Congratulations on your graduation and to all the Friends of Karen graduates who have reached this significant milestone. Your achievements are truly inspiring to all of us at Friends of Karen.
Well done!

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Sibling Spotlight

Summer Fun – Tips for Parents 2024

When the school year ends, a large portion of our day that had been structured activity is now open. Siblings of ill children are kept engaged at school so they typically do not have to go to doctor appointments or stay long hours at the clinic with their ill brother or sister. But when school ends, parents may feel more

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of every dollar supports children and families


children helped since our founding in 1978


below poverty line family income


Families Supported in June


2nd Annual Muscoot Cup Fundraiser

Joseph Kaiser organized a tennis fundraiser to benefit Friends of Karen for the second year in a row. The event took place at Chestnut Ridge Tennis Club in Mount Kisco, NY, and the top player took home the Muscoot Cup.

Become a Volunteer

Our volunteers come in all sizes: children, teens, young professionals, retirees, and all ages in between. We even have multi-generational families who volunteer! We’ll match your time and talents to programs, projects and needs that enable Friends of Karen to support families.


We are proud to have the support and confidence of our corporate partners. Their generosity strengthens our ability to be a lifeline to our families.