Friends of Karen believes that families can maintain a sense of balance and stability even in the midst of the crisis of caring for a child with a life-threatening illness. This belief fuels our personal advocacy for our families, ensuring they receive the emotional, financial and practical support they so desperately need throughout their child’s illness.

Thanks to you, Friends of Karen can bring strength and hope to our families.

“When we were going through our daughter’s illness, we would not have made it through without Friends of Karen. We know that there are many children and parents going through what we went through, and we know how important Friends of Karen is to them.”          ~ Thalia’s dad

Friends of Karen is a registered 501(c)(3) charity. Your donation is 100% tax-deductible. Thank you so much for your support!

Our Circle of Friends Giving Society recognizes donors whose cumulative annual gifts to Friends of Karen equal $1,000.00 or more in our fiscal year.

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