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Donation Goal: $50,000



Friends of Karen provides emotional, financial and advocacy support (at no cost) for children with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses and their families in order to help keep them stable, functioning, and able to cope.

Our team of experienced professionals – social workers, child life specialists, arts therapists – ensures that each family receives the support they need to stay functioning and able to cope during a crisis that affects every member of the family. Our services include:

Emotional support, including supportive guidance, bereavement support, Gifts for Children programs, and support for siblings that may include individualized sessions with specially-trained professionals who use expressive arts to help sisters and brothers of the ill child to better understand and cope with the changes in their family life.

Financial support through direct payment of medical expenses not covered by insurance (e.g., doctor and nursing fees, prescriptions, lab bills) and other illness-related and basic living expenses (e.g., utility bills, rent/mortgage, transportation, childcare) that are no longer affordable when parents leave their job to care for their child.

Advocacy support to ensure families have access to all available benefits from the government and other agencies; support from other organizations; pro bono legal counsel; and help with special educational needs.

Especially now, when many families feel isolated and are so concerned that their ill children are at even greater risk, they need Friends of Karen by their side more than ever. We are experienced and well positioned to help families through health crises and are continuing to do so now with as little disruption of our services as possible.

To learn more about our team, click here






Raised of $50,000


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$742 Raised By 36 Donors

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