May 4, 2021
Resilience, the theme of this newsletter, is a defining characteristic of our Friends of Karen (FoK) children and their families.  Against what seem like insurmountable challenges, they tap into...
Staff Profile: Terri
May 4, 2021
Hello, my name is Terri, and I am the Director of Finance and Administration for Friends of Karen.  This June will mark ten years that I have worked for this amazing organization.
A Family Stays Strong by Accepting Help
April 29, 2021
Gang and Lihong were living a parent’s worst nightmare. Their teenage daughter Xingyu was more than 1,000 miles away in Florida during a hurricane, and she was suffering from a strange headache...
Non-Profit Supporting Critically-Ill Children Names Leslie Bellissimo New Regional Director
April 19, 2021

NORTH SALEM, NY, April 19, 2021 -- Friends of Karen, an organization that provides support for critically-ill children and their families, has appointed Leslie A. Bellissimo as...

A Big Sister Finds Comfort through Support
April 14, 2021

At the end of 2019, Eden, now four, suddenly started to have difficulty walking and complained of pain to her mother, Victoria. Victoria took Eden to the hospital where it was determined the three...

Brick Pathway Dedication, Phase II1
April 13, 2021

Thank you for your participation in Friends of Karen’s Brick Pathway of Compassion and Hope. We hope you’ll enjoy watching our virtual brick dedication presentation.

Finding New Opportunities to Heal in Difficult Times
April 13, 2021

The term resilience is an area of the health field focusing on people coming back from adversity due to disease or trauma. The ability to bounce back from a setback defines those who are best able...

A Family Builds Resilience Together
April 12, 2021

Tova was a happy three-year-old toddler enjoying a family vacation when her father, Gedalia, noticed her smile was suddenly crooked. By the time they returned home to Rockland County, New York...

Spring Newsletter 2021
April 12, 2021
Sibling Day 2021
April 9, 2021
Today we celebrate the very special bond of support, friendship and love shared between siblings. Siblings are most often our very first friends, at times our rivals and sparring partners - but...
Siblings Adelin & Josniel
March 11, 2021
Little Fighter
Each of us have a story and each family at Friends of Karen has a remarkable one. The siblings we work with are often the unsung heroes; providing joy...
Social Work Month 2021 - Beth
March 4, 2021

To say that it has been a difficult year is an understatement.  Covid19 has changed our world and touched our families profoundly. The families that we work with have continued to have to navigate...

Social Work Month 2021 - Natalia
March 2, 2021

In March 2020 everyone’s life changed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Since then it has been a time to think over what I do and how I do my job as a Social Worker. Not being able to meet families in...

Social Work Month 2021 - Jackie
March 2, 2021

Many Social Workers have had to make changes in the way they work with families since the start of this pandemic. As for me working with families has had its drawbacks and benefits. Most of my...

Social Work Month 2021 - Sarah
March 2, 2021
Covid19 has turned the world upside down.  It has isolated many and made life even more challenging  for families who have someone who is critically ill, but our Friends of Karen families are...
Social Work Month 2021 - Marla
March 2, 2021
Covid19 has put every family on high alert .  It has added more stress and anxiety during an already difficult time.  Families are  concerned with the possibility of exposure to the virus and...
Social Work Month 2021 - Rhonda
March 1, 2021
While Covid19 shifted my work from visiting families in their home to connecting with them virtually this past year, it has been both a challenge and a blessing in many ways.  There is something...
Social Work Month 2021
February 23, 2021
March is National Social Work Month.  Social workers are essential to community well-being. As practitioners, social workers are trained to help people address personal and systemic barriers to...
How to Apply for Help
February 2, 2021

When you learn the shocking news that your child is seriously ill, a million emotions and practical problems hit you all at once.

Friends of Karen has guided families through this

Sibling Spotlight: Erin
February 1, 2021
A birthday is a very special day and it becomes even more important for siblings of ill children.  They often struggle with getting less attention from parents and not receiving gifts like their...