Anastasia was 20 years old when she was diagnosed with cancer. She had surgery and numerous rounds of chemotherapy before she was considered cancer free and has had a very busy life since. Friends of Karen provided her family with financial support for daily living expenses. Our Creative Arts Therapist worked with Anastasia to help her understand the countless emotions that can go along with a diagnosis of cancer. “I went to work at a cancer research lab in Cambridge, MA for two summers. I transferred and was accepted into my dream school (NYU), have had a few jobs and internships sprinkled in between, and went on a survivorship trip a few months ago in the Catskills. Who knew that climbing 60-foot frozen waterfalls could be so fun!”




Ways to give

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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

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Friends of Karen believes that families can maintain a sense of balance and stability even in the midst of the crisis of caring for a child with a life-threatening illness.