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...
Superhero Challenge
January 13, 2021
Superhero Challenge
January 13, 2021

Be a superhero to children like Benjamin. Run or walk 2.021 miles to 20.21 miles to help brave children like Benjamin endure their toughest days. Children like Benjamin and his family need you by...

Long Island Walk/Run Marathon 3 Day Event
January 6, 2021

"Being here with my own family is a wonderful way to assist people in our local communities." - Norm, New York City

Join our Friends of Karen Walk/Run team this year, knowing every step you...

Sibling Spotlight - Meet Chelsey
December 30, 2020
My name is Jane. I’m an art therapist and a member of the Sibling Support Specialists team. In this new year, I am grateful that we can continue to offer services to our families. Instead of in...
Parade of Costumes
November 30, 2020

Friends of Karen and the Childhood Cancer Alliance of Connecticut members, a community of organizations supporting children with cancer will be spreading holiday cheer by parading in costumes...

November 25, 2020
Annual Adopt-A-Family Program Fulfills Wish Lists of Critically-Ill Children and Their Siblings
NORTH SALEM, NY, November 16, 2020 -- Friends of...
Gala 2020 Video
November 12, 2020
Holiday Sibling Spotlight
October 30, 2020
There is little doubt that the holiday season will look different this year. And what a year it has been; a year of sacrifice and adjustments, creative problem solving and tremendous change. ...
Holiday Adopt a Family
October 27, 2020
Help Friends of Karen deliver gifts and smiles for the holidays! Nearly 950 "Holiday Wish Lists" need to be filled this year. Join...
Sibling Spotlight: Mina and Lucy
October 2, 2020
The Sibling Support Specialists at Friends of Karen have the good fortune to work with some pretty incredible children and teens. They share their stories, feelings and humor with us so...
A Grandma Reflects on Pulling Through as a Family
September 9, 2020

“Alden and I have a close relationship because I have babysat him since he was born, and he is my first grandchild. In September of 2019, we found out that Alden had Adrenal Cancer. With that news...

A Social Worker Connects with Families Through a Common Language
September 9, 2020

Jackie is a bilingual (English and Spanish) social worker. Friends of Karen has two Spanish-speaking social workers and one Spanish-speaking case manager to serve the 29% of our families that...

A Mom Stays Strong
September 9, 2020
“On July 13, 2019, my son was diagnosed with High Risk B-cell Acute Lymphatic Leukemia. 
This is the day my family’s life changed and turned upside down.
Bereaved Parent Turns a Painful Loss into a way to Help Others
September 9, 2020
“For 10 years, pediatric cancer tried to take over our lives but we fought it every step of the way up to the very end. Despite the excruciatingly bad times, Bruce and I had a wonderful life...
Siblings: Aryan and Ethan
September 1, 2020
Aryan (13 years old) and Ethan (9 years old) are typical brothers.  Sometimes they play fight, sometimes they argue, but most of the time, they love and care for each other, and they enjoy doing...
Donate Now!
August 31, 2020
Friends of Karen believes that families can maintain a sense of balance and stability even in the midst of the crisis of caring for a child with a life-threatening illness. This belief fuels our...