October 18, 2016
All are invited to the 7th Annual Benefit for The Adina’s Angels Fund at Friends of Karen on Thursday, October 27, 7:00-10:00 pm at Mulino’s at Lake Isle, 660 White Plains Rd., Eastchester. It will be an evening of entertainment, food, drink and inspiration, featuring the music of Maddy Ruff and presenting the Inaugural Angel Award to Sheri Leonard.
How do you go on after the unimaginable happens? In early 2010, while Paula Berkowtiz’s daughter, Adina, was near the end of her 4-year battle with leukemia and lay in the hospital, Paula’s world was completely pulled out from under her. First, in February, Paula's husband died of nonsmoker's lung cancer and then just a few months later, her 20-year-old son, Justin, died unexpectedly. And just two weeks after that, 17-year-old Adina finally lost her battle with leukemia. Most people would be consumed by their own pain, but not Paula. Instead, she became determined to make something good come out of her family tragedy and The Adina's Angels Fund at Friends of Karen was born. 
Friends of Karen is a lifeline of support for families in the NY, NJ and CT area who are caring for a child with cancer or another life-threatening illness. They provide financial, emotional and practical day-to-day assistance, and their team of experienced social workers, child life specialists and expressive art therapists, ensures that the entire family receives an individualized program to help relieve them of their daily needs and concerns so that they can remain stable and functioning.
"When the unimaginable happened in my life and there was nowhere to turn, Friends of Karen came through for my family's every day needs, in every respect. During the worst time of my life, they made sure I didn't have to go through any of it alone," says Paula. So Paula wanted to give back to Friends of Karen and founded The Adina's Angels Fund, named in memory of her daughter, to do just that. The fund helps Friends of Karen provide support to families with a child diagnosed with a life-threatening illness and particularly strengthens support for siblings coping with their brother's and sister's illness. 
Thanks to Paula's drive and determination, The Adina's Angels Fund is growing and helping more and more families during their darkest hour. Please help Paula and Friends of Karen continue to provide much needed support to families just like hers.
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