For immediate release: Give a Spring Holiday Meal to a Family with a Critically Ill Child
March 28, 2023

Jonathan Lewis
Friends of Karen

Give a Spring Holiday Meal...

NYC Gala at Guastavinos, NYC
March 24, 2023

 Save the date.

Journey of the Heart Bike Tour
March 24, 2023

 Save the Date.

Sibling Spotlight: Demario
March 15, 2023
In the height of the Covid pandemic, Demario’s then one-year-old brother, Kemario, diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anemia at birth, moved to New York with their mother, Sasha, to find the best
Sibling Spotlight: Love is...
February 7, 2023

Love it or loathe it, Valentine’s Day is upon us. While we understand if chocolate hearts and cheesy cards aren't your thing, at Friends of Karen we can’t resist an opportunity to celebrate love...

Program Spotlight: Sibling Support
February 6, 2023

Since its inception in 2009, the Sibling Support Program has been a signature program of the Friends of Karen Family Support Program. The Sibling Support Program is delivered by Licensed Creative...

January 27, 2023

When siblings Yasir, Yusra, and Muhammad are in a Sibling Support session or participating in the Friends Having Fun virtual group they exude an immediate jolt of exuberant energy. They bring...

Long Island Walk/Run Marathon 3-Day Event
January 20, 2023
The Friends of Karen 16th Annual Walk/Run returns May 5-7, 2023!
Join the team this spring for a 3-day Festival of Events at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, NY.
A mother's story: Luigina
December 1, 2022

Luigina’s late son Joseph was diagnosed with a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), a tumor in the part of the brain that controls many basic functions like breathing and swallowing and...

Julia's Story from Anxious to Amazing
December 1, 2022

“When I got the diagnosis, I wasn’t just worried about my health. I worried about my younger brother Xavier and how all of this would impact him. I’m a person who loves to talk about everything...

Sibling Spotlight: Gratitude
November 21, 2022
Traditions provide comfort and a sense of belonging. Whether it is Grandma’s famous recipe, a favorite holiday song, a blessing or prayer recited by heart or a story passed down through...
Celebrate the holiday spirit by giving to a child
November 10, 2022

NORTH SALEM, NY, November 10, 2022 -- Help Friends of Karen deliver gifts and smiles for the holidays! Nearly 900 Holiday Wish Lists need to be filled this year. Join us in...

Sheila Petersen Award Honoree
November 7, 2022

Paul Smadbeck

Humanitarian Award Honoree
November 7, 2022

Dr. Sarah Norris

Champion Award Honoree
November 7, 2022


Finding strength in asking for help
October 25, 2022

Queens, New York mother Stacey shares the many ways Friends of Karen helped her family. Her son Stephen, 12, is under treatment for the extremely rare Inflammatory Myofibroblastic Tumor....

Holiday Adopt-A-Family
October 24, 2022

Every child looks forward to the holidays...

but when parents are struggling to care for a child battling cancer or another life-threatening illness, there’s no time for...

Sibling Spotlight: Ana, Elizabeth and Ronald
October 14, 2022
Our Sibling Support Services encourages social emotional learning by having participants identify and discuss various emotions.  Social emotional learning is important for children and adults in...
Siblings Committed to Helping Others
September 14, 2022

Friends of Karen Board Member Marisa Carson-Bibens
“Thirty-two years ago, the day before my 16th birthday, our lives changed forever when my sister Erika was diagnosed with Acute...

A Father's Story: Rashelle and dad Manuel
September 7, 2022

“When you hear the words, ‘your daughter has cancer,’ your world turns upside down. I couldn’t believe it. After the news, the doctors gave me all that information about the illness and about the...