July 24, 2018
NORTH SALEM, NY, July 24, 2018 -- Friends of Karen, the non-profit children's charity which supports families in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut who are struggling to stay...
Building Compassion and Hope
June 28, 2018

We invite you to participate in this fundraising opportunity and leave a lifetime legacy of your support. The bricks will be engraved with your personal message and placed outside Friends of Karen headquarters, located in North Salem, NY. You’ll also receive a small replica keepsake brick with the same message, perfect for displaying or gift giving.

5K Walk in the Park to Benefit the Adina's Angels Fund
June 28, 2018


This event has passed. Please enjoy photos from the event below.


Meet Micol
June 22, 2018


Micol is 10 years old. Her sister Lilla is 12 and was diagnosed with a brain tumor when she was four years old. Micol is an amazing sister and has learned how to help care for her Lilla.

Meet Chris
May 11, 2018


Chris is a 10 year old who is in the 5th grade. He loves soccer. His youngest brother, Matteo, is one. He was diagnosed with cellular congenital mesoblastic nephroma (kidney cancer) in June 2017.

May 9, 2018

Throughout 2018, Friends of Karen will be hosting events to celebrate our 40th year.

We hope you’ll join us to help mark this meaningful milestone.



Meet Natalie
April 13, 2018


Tell us a little about you.

I love the color blue and the ocean and water especially in the DR (Dominican Republic) where...

Journey of the Heart Bike Tour, Sept. 21 & 22
April 11, 2018

This event has passed. Please enjoy some photos from our 2019 event. 

What am I thankful for? EVERYTHING!
November 16, 2017

"Because when you stop and look around, this life is pretty amazing."

When I asked Luke what he was thankful for he said "lots of cupcakes!" I giggled at his most perfect answer. That is exactly what every 5 year old (almost 6) little boy should be thankful for. I was not surprised when my sweet little Luke added on to his response, "I am thankful for you and Daddy and Grace... for helping me."

During this time of thanks I can’t help but think of the days not so long ago, I prayed for the things I have now. I stare at each curl on top of Luke’s head and somehow they each represent victory. I can’t look back at the pictures, but my heart will never forget. This brings me to this important question...

My superhero is a kindergartener!
October 6, 2017

My superhero is a kindergartener! Luke has completed his first month of school. Each morning he wears the biggest smile. He pops out of bed and proudly gets dressed ready to take on the day. It...

Julia's Mom
September 13, 2017
Eric's Mom
September 13, 2017
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,...

Siblings Coping 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...