Days 15-16
March 24, 2017

The last two nights Luke was complaining of being itchy. The doctors gave him Benadryl. Luke has never had any problems with Benadryl but now it seemed to cause...

Days 12-14
March 22, 2017

How could you not smile when you wake up to a little voice saying "cock-a-doodle-doo?" Despite the fact that Luke doesn't feel well he always wakes up with a...

Days 9-11
March 20, 2017

Weekends in the hospital are always a bit sad. There is something about the weekday hustle and bustle that makes everything come alive. There was a lot of back and forth with the two little ones...

Cell Day 3-16-17
March 18, 2017

My body is shaking with the waiting. I left the room at 6:30 this morning. Kissed my sweet Luke and headed to the surgery reception to meet my baby girl! That is...

Social Worker Supports Family
March 17, 2017

Meet Rhonda Ryan, LMSW and Director of Friends of Karen's Family Support Program. Rhonda is the Friends of Karen social worker working with Luke's...

Day 8
March 16, 2017

Today started out with Luke refusing to take his medicines. Luke is no stranger to taking oral medicines. He has been taking them for years every night like a...

Days 5 and 6
March 14, 2017

You start to lose track of days and time. It is constant and there is always a challenge around each corner. Luke was on Thiotepa for the last 2 days. He had to...

Day 4
March 12, 2017

Grandma to the rescue! My mom, an angel in disguise, has been by our side every step of the way. She worked her special powers and magically Luke was sitting up...

Day 3
March 10, 2017
They say it is normal. They know. I believe them but it will never be normal to me. The shaking, the pain, the fever, the heavy breathing...side effects of the ATG...
Day 2
March 9, 2017
I can't help but compare last time and this time. When he was a baby it was so hard. Watching every single move he made to be sure he didn't tug on a wire. Holding him down for countless blood...
Day 1
March 8, 2017

At 9 o'clock last night I hugged and kissed every inch of my beautiful Grace. I watched my little boy and my baby girl play happily together as they usually do....

Easter-Passover
March 7, 2017

This spring, please help our Friends of Karen children and their families have an Easter or Passover holiday meal. Your donation of supermarket gift cards will help make this possible.

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Team Luke
March 7, 2017

I don't even know who I am right now. I am used to fighting. I am used to being ready to take on this battle. I am not used to feeling empty. I am so...

Last Day of School
March 6, 2017

Luke with his teachers:

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After...
March 2, 2017

After...All of our afters are over. After the new school year...After the holidays...After Disney....we will accept that this is happening. It is happening and we...

March Sibling(s) of the Month
February 27, 2017
Johnny and Kiera are brother and sister....
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...