Paying it forward
April 15, 2020

The summer of 2013 before Leah started school was great, filled with activities and no signs of an illness. Shortly after school started, my precious Leah, age five, felt sick, and was diagnosed...

No time to adjust
April 15, 2020

I will never forget that day in October 2019. My twin sister called. She was at Advanced Radiology with my 17-year-old son Nazear. I needed to meet her there. I was told the swelling in his...

Honoring Siblings in April
April 13, 2020
As Friends of Karen, like most of the world, has quickly tried to adapt, compromise and problem solve in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are often reminded that many of the struggles we...
Leave a Legacy
March 26, 2020

Leave your imprint to benefit future generations. Naming Friends of Karen in your estate plans will continue to impact the lives of critically ill children and their families well into the future.

Guardian of hope
March 26, 2020

Bring critically ill children and their families the HOPE they deserve all year long. As a Guardian of Hope, you Donate Monthly. With your help, children will receive the emotional support they need

Executive Director, Judy Factor
March 12, 2020
“What is the Essence of Life?  To Serve Others and to Do Good.” Aristotle, 2,300 years ago
Dear Friends,
Among the many things I am most proud
Cover Story - Roselia
March 12, 2020
It is hard to imagine that at less than a year old, Roselia battled a rare form of liver cancer and has undergone a liver transplant. Her infectious smile...
Host a Fundraiser
March 6, 2020
Would you like to hold a fundraising event?
Contact Gwen Salmo at or (914) 617-4051.
On Long...
Sibling of the Month Rebecca
February 5, 2020

 In most families there is some sort of order (no matter how diverse or disorganized at times); a hum of a daily routine, a way of doing...

Sibling of the Month Aryana
January 3, 2020

Aryana is 11 years old. Her sister Aleyna is 9 years old. They are very close and only 20 months apart in age. Aleyna was diagnosed with medulloblastoma (a brain tumor) in September 2018 and...

LI Marathon Day 3, New Date Oct. 4th
December 23, 2019

"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...

LI Marathon Day 2, New Date Oct. 3rd
December 23, 2019

"The team spirit is something that stays with you. Join knowing you're making a difference in the life of a child." - Maryann, Bohemia

Join our Friends of Karen Walk/Run team this...

Sibling Spotlight: 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,...

March Magic Virtual Event
December 11, 2019


Jennifer LaBier
Champion Award
Terri Riina
Sheila Petersen Award
Be entertained...
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...
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...