Sarah age 3 1/2, Joshua age 6
“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 with our beloved son Joshua and his adoring little sister Sarah. Joshua was diagnosed with a brain tumor at 11 months and died when he was nine years old in 1990. Not a day goes by when I don’t think about Joshie, and now, 30 years later, almost all my memories are the good ones.
I always say that Friends of Karen was the glue that kept my family together, and when I had the opportunity to join the staff, I jumped at it.”
— Denise, Volunteer Coordinator since 1998

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