Why support Friends of Karen?  What do we do that’s different from what other organizations do?  Who have we helped?

  1. We provide unparalleled support – We are the only organization that provides emotional, financial and advocacy support -- at no charge -- to families caring for a child battling cancer or another life-threatening illness, from diagnosis through treatment.
  2. We are fiscally responsible – Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of the financial responsibility, efficiency and transparency of thousands of U.S. charities, gives Friends of Karen a 4-star rating -- their highest award. This is our seventh year in a row to receive this honor.  Only 2% of evaluated charities have ever received the 4-star rating seven consecutive times -- and Friends of Karen is one.
  3. We tailor our support for each member of the family - Because we form strong bonds with each family, we can identify (and resolve) issues that might otherwise go unnoticed.
  4. We have a stellar reputation – Our 37-year record shows effective service with compassion, dedication and expertise, to 5,200 families and 14,000 children.  Testimonials from families as well as healthcare professionals affirm Friends of Karen’s ability to keep families strong and able to cope during a frightening ordeal.

For more information on all that we do or if you have a question, please email us and we'll reply by the next business day.