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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
Friends of Karen


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Friends of Karen
118 Titicus Road
North Salem, NY 10560
Year, State Incorporated:
1979, New York
Stated Purpose:
" Friends of Karen provides vital, practical and comprehensive support, at no cost, to families caring for a child with cancer or another life-threatening illness, to relieve them of everyday needs and concerns in order to keep them stable, functioning and able to cope. "

This organization has recently provided materials to the Charity Accountability Program. An evaluation will be completed shortly. Once the evaluation is completed, the Charity Accountability Program will make available a report showing our evaluation and a summary of the charity’s mission, activities, governance and key financial information. This report will be available at no charge on the BBB’s website at The Charity Accountability Program reports on New York charities and determines whether they meet the Better Business Bureau’s Standards for Charity Accountability. The Charity Accountability Program does not evaluate the worthiness of a charitable program.



Friends of Karen provides emotional, financial and advocacy support to families caring for a child with a life-threatening illness. We tailor the “support” for each family, which can include:

  • emotional support to help each family member cope with the frightening and tumultuous ordeal of living with a child with cancer or another life-threatening illness
  • financial help with illness-related and basic living expenses, enabling families to stay secure in their home and children to receive the care they need
  • advocacy action on issues like hospital and insurance billing, education needs, and available public/private programs, to relieve parents of one more stressful activity
  • visits with a Sibling Support Specialist for sisters and/or brothers of the sick child, who often feel “invisible” because of the focus on the sick child
  • gift programs to ensure that children do not miss milestones like birthdays, holidays and back-to-school when parents are consumed with worries and struggles
  • end-of-life and bereavement support, so families never have to endure this alone


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