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...
A Sibling Gives her Brother the Greatest Gift
August 27, 2020

Alexa, 11 years old, is the sister of Pedro, who was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2015 at age five and relapsed in 2019. Alexa was the donor for Pedro’s bone marrow transplant. A Friends of...

A Cancer Survivor Learns to Keep Climbing
August 27, 2020

Anastasia was 20 years old when she was diagnosed with cancer. She had surgery and numerous rounds of chemotherapy before she was considered cancer free and has had a very busy life since. Friends...

A Dad Reflects: Helping his Princess Through Leukemia
August 27, 2020

“This time has been one of the hardest things I’ve been through mentally and physically in my life. This experience has caused so much heartache and pain. Our world got turned upside down in a...

You are Peace
August 27, 2020
Lie down and get cozy and comfortable. Stretch out your arms and legs. Wiggle your fingers and toes. Close your eyes and gently place your hand on your belly. Notice your breathing. Is it fast...
Love Tree
August 27, 2020
Snuggle up and get cozy and comfortable. Stretch out your arms and legs. Wiggle your fingers and toes. Close your eyes and breathe in like you are smelling a beautiful bouquet of flowers and out...
Guided Meditation
August 27, 2020
Find a comfortable seat or lie down. Let your shoulders relax. Notice if your hands are in fists or toes curled- allow them to uncurl.  Wiggle your fingers and toes. Stretch your arms and legs....
Managing Worry and Anxiety for Kids
August 25, 2020

This video explains what it means to worry and provides several relaxation strategies for managing worried feelings