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...

Hope For Youth Foundation 2023 Calendar
September 9, 2022
The 2023 Hope For Youth Foundation calendars are here!
16 months of gorgeous photos of the Hudson Valley plus the weather for each day. All that, plus your purchase goes to support...
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...

Sibling Spotlight: Overcoming Back to School Jitters
August 18, 2022

As August fades into September the reality of the school year on the horizon is hard to deny, especially with the wonderful backpacks of freshly packaged school supplies arriving at the door of...

Mission Possible Gala
August 3, 2022

Thank you for an unbelievable evening at Guastavino’s to benefit Friends of Karen families. If you attended we hope you enjoyed...

Strength and Beauty with Ava and Julia
July 14, 2022

“Wondering eyes and soft fluttery voices. But they were made...

Small moments create lasting memories
June 15, 2022

This summer spend time together as a family forming new memories by enjoying each others’ company. When a child in a family becomes ill most people typically realize how precious small moments are...

Back to School 2022
May 23, 2022

Remember that good feeling of heading back to school wearing a new outfit and carrying your crisp, clean notebooks and sharpened pencils? Friends of Karen families are struggling to stay afloat financially and emotionally while caring for their critically-ill child.

Sibling Spotlight: Crosby and Deysi
May 4, 2022
Meet Crosby: Crosby is part of the Sibling Support Program at Friends of Karen and meets with our Sibling Support Specialist Jane. Crosby’s sister Deysi, age 5, had Leukemia and passed away...
Sibling Spotlight: Siblings Day April 10, 2022
April 8, 2022

April 10th marks National Siblings Day- many people will share photos of loved ones on social media and reflect and reminisce about the very special bond of support, friendship and love shared...

Super Volunteer - Harriet
April 6, 2022

For a dedicated educator like Harriet Savitz, volunteering for Friends of Karen is second nature. She has been giving her time and talents to the organization for more than 20 years.