Sibling of the Month Aryana
January 3, 2020

Aryana is 11 years old. Her sister Aleyna is 9 years old. They are very close and only 20 months apart in age. Aleyna was diagnosed with medulloblastoma (a brain tumor) in September 2018 and...

LI Marathon Day 3, New Date Oct. 4th
December 23, 2019

"Being here with my own family is a wonderful way to assist people in our local communities." - Norm, New York City

Join our Friends of Karen Walk/Run team this year, knowing...

LI Marathon Day 2, New Date Oct. 3rd
December 23, 2019

"The team spirit is something that stays with you. Join knowing you're making a difference in the life of a child." - Maryann, Bohemia

Join our Friends of Karen Walk/Run team this...

Sibling Spotlight: December
December 20, 2019
In this season, light is all around us; gleaming holiday lights in the neighborhood, the glow of the menorah and twinkle of the Christmas tree, Kwanzaa, Diwali in late fall, the glitz of the new...
Virtual Walk/Run Sept 15 - Oct 15
December 19, 2019

Dear Friends, fourteen years ago, a mother of four children came to us with an idea to start a running team. So grateful for the help she received from Friends of Karen when her toddler son,...

March Magic Virtual Event
December 11, 2019


Jennifer LaBier
Champion Award
Terri Riina
Sheila Petersen Award
Be entertained...
2019 Gala Honoree's PK and RIchard Klein
November 22, 2019
Our volunteers come in all sizes: children, teens, young professionals, retirees, and all...
Sibling Spotlight: Thanksgiving
November 8, 2019
With Thanksgiving approaching, reflecting on gratitude is all around us: in schools, places of worship, our communities and in our own homes. The holidays can also be an especially draining and...
Friends of Karen delivers gifts and smiles for the holidays with your help
November 4, 2019
Annual Adopt-A-Family Program Fulfills Wish Lists of Critically-Ill Children and Their Siblings
NORTH SALEM, NY, November 1, 2019 -- Friends of Karen, which supports...
Patricia E. Vance, President ESRB 2019 Humanitarian Award
October 23, 2019

 Patricia E. Vance, President ESRB 2019 Friends of Karen Humanitarian Award

October 17, 2019



"Thank you never feels like...
Meet Johnny & Julie
September 30, 2019

At Friends of Karen we know all too well that when a child is diagnosed with a serious illness, a family’s world is thrown off its axis. Life is turned upside down and aftershocks are felt months, even years after. It can be especially and uniquely challenging for siblings, but what happens when the ill child is a twin?

Feed a Family
September 25, 2019
Basic family needs such as food, housing and utilities are among the many financial strains a family endures when having a critically-ill child.  
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Judy and Jackie Visiones
September 16, 2019
Friends of Karen in 2019 Sibling of the Month
Tips for Going Back to School
August 20, 2019

School Reentry - August/September

As August fades into September the reality of the school year on the horizon is hard to deny, especially with the wonderful backpacks of...
Dedication of the Friends of Karen Brick Pathway
July 12, 2019

This event has passed.

Please enjoy photos from our ceremony.


Meet Alejandro
July 11, 2019


Our July Sibling of the Month, Alejandro, six, is a natural artist, lover of old school video games a fan of home improvement stores and a protective big brother.

June 26, 2019

NORTH SALEM, NY, JUNE 26, 2019...