Friends of Karen

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth


150 Broadhollow RoadSuite 112Melville, NY 11747 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Friends of Karen provides emotional, financial and advocacy support for children with a life-threatening illness and their families, in order to help keep them strong, functioning and able to cope. Friends of Karen is a registered 501(c)(3) charity and the only organization in the New York metropolitan area to provide a comprehensive range of services -- at no cost -- to families caring for a child with a life-threatening illness.


Friends of Karen started in 1978 with one family; one child, Karen MacInnes; and one inspired woman, Sheila Petersen. Since then, we have assisted more than 18,000 children and their families.

Friends of Karen is the only organization that provides vital and comprehensive support at no cost to families in the New York Tri-State region caring for a child battling cancer or another life-threatening illness, from diagnosis through treatment.

Through personal advocacy, our team of experienced professionals - social workers, child life specialists, arts therapists - ensures that each family member receives the support they need to stay functioning and able to cope during a crisis that affects every member of the family.


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