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.


Guiding Families While COVID-19 Complicates Already Difficult Days
April 6, 2022
I received my undergraduate degree, got married and raised my three children. When they were grown up enough to be more independent, I was ready to get back into the workforce. Thinking about...
A Mom Finds New Way to Say “Thank you” 30 Years Later
April 6, 2022

The Friends of Karen Family Support Program social workers develop strong bonds with the families they work with for months or years. When Friends of Karen social worker Rhonda picked up the...

Friends Having Fun!
April 6, 2022

When the realization came that the pandemic wasn’t going away any time soon, it became clear that there were brand new challenges that Friends of Karen families were facing. Children were scared...

How Art Bags Help Children Cope Through Remote Support
April 6, 2022

When the world shut down during the first wave of COVID-19, Friends of Karen’s Sibling Support Program had to be adapted to deliver all sessions remotely —something done occasionally before. Prior...

Finding the Magical in the Unimaginable
April 6, 2022

When Matteo was four and a half years old, he started to go through a series of physical and emotional changes that his mother Jennifer knew were not normal. Matteo often complained that he was...

Friends of Karen Announces New Board President
March 31, 2022

North Salem, NY – March 30, 2022: Friends of Karen, a nonprofit organization that supports children with life-threatening illnesses and their families...

Sibling Spotlight: Meet Roberto
March 9, 2022
Roberto is 8 years old and loves to play Roblox. His favorite animal is a cat.  He is creative, determined and loving.  Roberto is an only child, so he doesn’t have any siblings but we
Easter, Passover, Springtime Holiday Meals
March 3, 2022
This spring, please help our Friends of Karen children and their families enjoy a special Easter, Passover or other springtime holiday meal. Your donation of supermarket gift cards will
Shining Stars
February 3, 2022
Video: February Sibling Spotlight "Love"
February 3, 2022

Welcome to the season of love. Sibling Support Specialists asked our Friends of Karen children to share who and what they love and answer the age old question: “What is love?” What we got was a...

Sibling Spotlight: Meet Nadine
January 13, 2022
It is not always easy to tell the truth about how we feel. Emotions can be uncomfortable, overwhelming and messy. People avoid expressing their feelings in all sorts of ways; pushing them down,...