June 19, 2017
CNN Anchor John Berman Profiles Organization that Provides Support to Families Caring for a Child with a Life-Threatening Illness
New York, NY – June 19, 2017 -- Friends of Karen, an organization that supports critically-ill children and their families, is proud to announce that it has been profiled by CNN in the network’s special program, Champions for Change.  Esteemed anchor John Berman introduces Friends of Karen as a cause that is close to his heart, and offers a glimpse into the organization, which provides one-on-one support for hundreds of families every day caring for a child with a life-threatening illness in the New York Tri-State area.
“We are honored and humbled by our wonderful friend and longtime supporter John Berman to have been included in this inspiring prime-time special,” said Judith Factor, Executive Director of Friends of Karen.  “We are tremendously grateful that he has shared his experience with Friends of Karen and has spread the word about our important mission to the families we serve.”
Friends of Karen is the only organization in the New York Tri-State area that provides comprehensive support, at no cost, to families caring for a child battling cancer or another life-threatening illness.  The organization helps families cope with their child’s illness from diagnosis through treatment.  Champions for Change is a special program that sends CNN and HLN anchors out in the field to spend time working with the people and causes that are close to their hearts.  To view a link to the piece, please visit
About Friends of Karen

Since 1978, Friends of Karen’s mission has been to help families with a child battling cancer or another life-threatening illness in NY, NJ and CT.  When a child is seriously ill, it affects the entire family. Friends of Karen social workers assist each family member. Their child-life specialists and creative arts therapists provide sibling support to the other children in the family.  An ill child’s treatment can last from months to years, but Friends of Karen is there with an individualized program of emotional, financial and everyday practical support. No family is ever the same after a devastating diagnosis, but they can remain stable and functioning with this blend of financial and psychosocial support. Friends of Karen, a lifeline to families, has received the highest 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for nine consecutive years.