Lyla's Dad
September 13, 2017
Meet Gary and Gabriel
September 7, 2017
Gary was diagnosed with a brain tumor in November of 2016 when he was 7 years old.  Gabriel, his older brother, is 12. This
A New Beginning
August 17, 2017

The best view comes after the hardest climb. We are approaching many milestones. On September 16, Luke will be 6 months post-transplant.  My mind has already put...

New Board President
August 14, 2017

Friends of Karen, which supports critically-ill children and their families in the NY Tri-State area, has elected a new President of their Board of Directors,...

Helping Siblings Cope with Illness
August 10, 2017
As soon as a child is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, a family’s world is turned upside down and it
Back to School 2017
July 31, 2017
Please help stuff a backpack for Back to School!
Your summer holiday may be in full swing, but at Friends of Karen we're getting ready for Back...
Luke Says Thank You
July 20, 2017
It’s been several months since Luke’s bone marrow transplant and he’s now home recovering and growing stronger every day. We’ve heard a lot from...
Ups and Downs
July 2, 2017

Before we left for Philadelphia my mind was overtaken by the most horrific thoughts imaginable and my body was moving through the motions without feeling....

Friends of Karen Featured on CNN’s Champions for Change
June 20, 2017
New York, NY – June 19, 2017 -- Friends of Karen, an organization that supports critically-ill children and their families, is proud to announce that it has been profiled by CNN...
June 19, 2017

“Hope is the one thing stronger than fear.”

“Hope…sometimes that is all you have when you have nothing else. If you have it, you...
Grace's Birthday
June 12, 2017

As a part of Friends of Karen's Birthday Program, we make sure that birthdays remain a happy occasion even in the midst of illness. We provide age-appropriate birthday gifts for every child in the...

Meet Gavin
June 6, 2017
Gavin is 8 years old and loves to play soccer. He enjoys all types of card games and
Days 70-90
June 6, 2017
The weeks are passing and we find ourselves waiting for Tuesdays to come.  Now, every other Tuesday we make our biweekly trip to Philadelphia to meet with the...
Days 60-69
May 15, 2017

“She made broken look beautiful and strong look invincible. She walked with the universe on her shoulders and made it look like a pair of wings.”...

Days 50-59
May 5, 2017

"With every step I take I know that I'm not alone.

You take the home from the boy, but not the boy from his home.

These are my...

May Siblings of the Month
April 28, 2017
Zahir is 13 years old.  He loves to dance and listen to music.  He has that in common with his older sister Q-Aani, who he describes as his shield and protector.  At
Day 49 - Home
April 26, 2017
Everything could change in the blink of an eye. Two days ago we were racing to the hospital in a panic. Today we are leaving the hospital and dancing in the parking...
Days 43-48
April 24, 2017
I remember how many times we did this when he was a baby. Take his temperature...another fever...grab a bag...race out the door. Which hospital do we go to?...Do we chance trying to make it to...
Encouragement from Friends of Karen
April 21, 2017
Thank you for the gifts! Friends of Karen always brings a smile to Luke’s face...the puzzles for Luke, my mom and Grace are a beautiful reminder of our family...