Meet Luke

Feb 11, 2017

We have a very unique opportunity to get to know and follow one brave little Friends of Karen child and his family. Luke just turned 5 years old in December and is currently in Pre-K. His mom, Nicole, is a teacher, his dad, John, works in sales, and he has a little sister, Grace, who is just a year and a half old. Luke and his family live in Rockland County, NY. They are a happy, unremarkable family, but for one thing… Luke is about to go through a bone marrow transplant (the 2nd in his short life).

Luke Says Thank You

Jul 20, 2017

It’s been several months since Luke’s bone marrow transplant and he’s now home recovering and growing stronger every day. We’ve heard a lot from mom, Nicole, about Luke’s progress, but now Luke has some things he wants to say!

Ups and Downs

Jul 02, 2017

Before we left for Philadelphia my mind was overtaken by the most horrific thoughts imaginable and my body was moving through the motions without feeling. Everything that had happened over the last couple of years piled high and could top the highest mountain. My fears began to suffocate me. The last couple of weeks have extended themselves through an array of emotions. I felt victory for my little superhero. We are home. His body is listening to our prayers. All of these wonderful things I could not envision before we left were happening. It is a magical place to be.


Jun 19, 2017

“Hope is the one thing stronger than fear.”

Grace's Birthday

Jun 12, 2017

As a part of Friends of Karen's Birthday Program, we make sure that birthdays remain a happy occasion even in the midst of illness. We provide age-appropriate birthday gifts for every child in the family. This takes one additional burden off the shoulders of parents who are caring for an ill child. Luke’s little sister, Grace, was one of those birthday recipients this month as she celebrated her 2nd birthday on June 2nd. Grace was thrilled to receive a special gift from Friends of Karen. Happy Birthday, Grace!