Sibling of the Month December
December 20, 2019
In this season, light is all around us; gleaming holiday lights in the neighborhood, the glow of the menorah and twinkle of the Christmas tree, Kwanzaa, Diwali in late fall, the glitz of the new...
Virtual Walk/Run Sept 15 - Oct 15
December 19, 2019

Dear Friends, fourteen years ago, a mother of four children came to us with an idea to start a running team. So grateful for the help she received from Friends of Karen when her toddler son,...

2019 Gala Honoree's PK and RIchard Klein
November 22, 2019
Our volunteers come in all sizes: children, teens, young professionals, retirees, and all...
Sibling Spotlight: Thanksgiving
November 8, 2019
With Thanksgiving approaching, reflecting on gratitude is all around us: in schools, places of worship, our communities and in our own homes. The holidays can also be an especially draining and...
Long Island Roaring Twenties Gala
November 4, 2019

Please join us on July 21, 2021, for The Long Island Roaring Twenties Gala. We hope you will share an inspirational evening with us knowing that your support will make a huge difference in the...

Friends of Karen delivers gifts and smiles for the holidays with your help
November 4, 2019
Annual Adopt-A-Family Program Fulfills Wish Lists of Critically-Ill Children and Their Siblings
NORTH SALEM, NY, November 1, 2019 -- Friends of Karen, which supports...
Patricia E. Vance, President ESRB 2019 Humanitarian Award
October 23, 2019

 Patricia E. Vance, President ESRB 2019 Friends of Karen Humanitarian Award

October 17, 2019



"Thank you never feels like...
Meet Johnny & Julie
September 30, 2019

At Friends of Karen we know all too well that when a child is diagnosed with a serious illness, a family’s world is thrown off its axis. Life is turned upside down and aftershocks are felt months, even years after. It can be especially and uniquely challenging for siblings, but what happens when the ill child is a twin?

Feed a Family
September 25, 2019
Basic family needs such as food, housing and utilities are among the many financial strains a family endures when having a critically-ill child.  
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Judy and Jackie Visiones
September 16, 2019
Friends of Karen in 2019 Sibling of the Month
Tips for Going Back to School
August 20, 2019

School Reentry - August/September

As August fades into September the reality of the school year on the horizon is hard to deny, especially with the wonderful backpacks of...
Dedication of the Friends of Karen Brick Pathway
July 12, 2019

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Please enjoy photos from our ceremony.


Meet Alejandro
July 11, 2019


Our July Sibling of the Month, Alejandro, six, is a natural artist, lover of old school video games a fan of home improvement stores and a protective big brother.

June 26, 2019

NORTH SALEM, NY, JUNE 26, 2019...

Walk/Run for Friends of Karen at the Hamptons Marathon
June 7, 2019

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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...

2019 New York City Gala
April 25, 2019

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

Doing Great and Thank You
March 27, 2019

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.”