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Cross the finish line with the Friends of Karen team at The Hamptons Marathon this September. The Full/ Half Marathon and 5K course covers some of the most beautiful...

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Time: Cocktail reception 6:00 pm / Dinner 7:00 pm
Location: Guastavino's 409 East 59th Street, New...

Hello all...

This is not Luke’s Mom. I’m a Friends of Karen staffer with a brief update on Luke, as the last posted update was about a year and a half ago.

We recently had the chance to see Luke at the kick-off for an event called North Rockland Sports Day, an annual event that raises funds for Friends of Karen and other worthy causes.

As you can see from this photo of Luke with his mom Nicole, he looks GREAT!! When we asked Luke if he had anything to say, he shared that he’s feeling great. He also said thank you to everyone for “giving me so much help.”

Friends of Karen is celebrating 40 years of love, compassion and support to families caring for a child with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses.

 

This event has passed. Please enjoy photos from the event below.

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This event has passed. Please enjoy some photos from our 2019 event. 

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"Because when you stop and look around, this life is pretty amazing."

When I asked Luke what he was thankful for he said "lots of cupcakes!" I giggled at his most perfect answer. That is exactly what every 5 year old (almost 6) little boy should be thankful for. I was not surprised when my sweet little Luke added on to his response, "I am thankful for you and Daddy and Grace... for helping me."

During this time of thanks I can’t help but think of the days not so long ago, I prayed for the things I have now. I stare at each curl on top of Luke’s head and somehow they each represent victory. I can’t look back at the pictures, but my heart will never forget. This brings me to this important question...

My superhero is a kindergartener! Luke has completed his first month of school. Each morning he wears the biggest smile. He pops out of bed and proudly gets dressed ready to take on the day. It...