Luke and Melissa
February 24, 2017

In preparation for his transplant, Luke has been working with Friends of Karen Child Life Specialist, Melissa Goldsmith:  ...

Buy Shamrocks for Friends of Karen
February 23, 2017

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Buy Shamrocks to support Friends of Karen at the establishments listed below. More will be added - Check back often!! Thank you to all our partners!...

More Prep
February 17, 2017

Hard! Horrible! I look at these beautiful, happy innocent faces and ...we are just terrified!! ...

5 AM: A Day to Prepare
February 16, 2017
My handsome hero greeted me with his usual smile. We set off on a rather familiar ride to Philadelphia. As we sat waiting, Luke and I spoke about exactly what was going to happen during the...
Mom's Introduction
February 14, 2017

When Luke was a couple of months old we began a journey. We could never have imagined the fight that was coming our way. After several trips in and out of the hospital, Luke was diagnosed with Chronic Granulomatous Disease. CGD is an immune disease. Luke’s immune system is unable to fight bacteria and fungus. The only cure for him is a bone marrow transplant.

CBS News Story
February 14, 2017

Watch this video clip to see Luke and his family and learn more about their unique situation. This is a news story about Luke and his family that aired on CBS News in November 2015. Dr. Max Gomez reports.

February Sibling(s) of the Month
February 13, 2017

Happy Valentine’s Day! ...

Meet Luke
February 11, 2017

We have a very unique opportunity to get to know and follow one brave little Friends of Karen child and his family. Luke just turned 5 years old in December and is currently in Pre-K. His mom, Nicole, is a teacher, his dad, John, works in sales, and he has a little sister, Grace, who is just a year and a half old. Luke and his family live in Rockland County, NY. They are a happy, unremarkable family, but for one thing… Luke is about to go through a bone marrow transplant (the 2nd in his short life).

More Time to Love
January 30, 2017

Friends of Karen founder, Sheila Petersen's aim was to give families with seriously ill children "more time to love."

You can't imagine how life changes in an instant...

Friends of Karen Names New Board Members
January 30, 2017
Friends of Karen, which supports critically-ill children and their families, has added two new members to its Board of Directors, New York...
Children’s Non-Profit to Deliver Gifts and Smiles for the Holidays with YOUR Help!
December 7, 2016

Friends of Karen, which supports critically-ill children and their families, plans, once again this year, to make sure each Friends of Karen child and their siblings have something to...

November Sibling(s) of the Month
November 22, 2016

Call it a clan, call it a network, call...

Annual Giving
November 21, 2016

Magdalena and her daughter, Victoria, are journeying the 3 year treatment of childhood leukemia. Caring for a child with a life-threatening illness is a frightening ordeal, but hundreds of...

November 11, 2016

Be part of something so meaningful and life-changing!...

Conozcan a Dashley y a DJ
November 11, 2016

Los hermanos del mes de Noviembre  –  Friends of Karen...

November 3, 2016

Thanksgiving is just around the corner – a special  time for most families. But if your child has cancer or another life-threatening illness, the holiday just...

Lionel's Story
November 1, 2016

There's a reason Lionel Li was awarded the Friends of Karen Hero Award at our Tribeca Rooftop Gala on September 22 in NYC. What child, struggling with cancer himself, gives up a trip to Disneyland...

Meet Dashley and DJ
October 17, 2016

Siblings of the Month

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Dashley was diagnosed...