From our Executive Director

45 Years of Caring: Because of You

FISCAL YEAR 2023 ANNUAL REPORT

45 YEARS OF IMPACT ON FAMILIES CARING FOR A CRITICALLY ILL CHILD

Picking up the pieces after a loss

Long Island couple Liz and Theodore attended the Living Alongside Grief Retreat in April 2023 to address the impact of losing their only son Jeyden one year ago. The Retreat...

The unbreakable bond of sisters

When Christa was being treated for Leukemia, she and her beloved sister Skyla participated in Friends of Karen’s Sibling Support Program. Her mother Georgette, thinking it was a stomach bug,...

Friends of Karen’s Living Alongside Grief Retreat is a new program that invites bereaved families to participate in a unique one-day in-person grief workshop. The workshop was developed to address families’ uncertainty if what they were experiencing was “normal grief.” Two retreats, funded by a grant from New York Life Foundation, were held in spring 2023 and their goal was for bereaved children and parents to connect with each other and create new family memories while working on healing from their loss.

PROGRAM SERVICES (79%)

Friends of Karen is the only organization that provides comprehensive financial and psychosocial support and advocacy to families in the New York Tri-State region caring for a child battling cancer or another lifethreatening illness. This assistance is provided at no cost to families, who receive these services from diagnosis through treatment, survivorship, and bereavement.

FUNDRAISING (12%)

Our comprehensive services for families are made possible by our donors and funders. Our fundraising efforts work to maximize the dollars directed to the Family Support Program.

MANAGEMENT & GENERAL (9%)

The areas of the organization that enable the Family Support Program to meet the urgent needs of the families we serve, and Friends of Karen as a whole to operate.