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The Gift of a Holiday Dinner for a Sick Child

Friends of Karen, a local children's charity, helps families caring for a child with cancer to celebrate the springtime holidays.

North Salem, NY, March 30, 2014 --( “Thank you, Friends of Karen, for brightening our Easter spirits with all the much needed help and support you provide to my family.”

Helen, an 8-year-old battling Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, wrote that to Friends of Karen, a local children’s charity. Easter and Passover are a great time for families to get together. But when parents are overwhelmed with caring for a child with cancer or another life-threatening illness, they often have to miss out on festive occasions -- a holiday is just another day in the hospital full of worries and fears.

Friends of Karen wants to make sure that families get to celebrate with a special holiday meal. Their Easter/Passover Supermarket Gift Card appeal helps solve the problem, ensuring families get a reprieve from hospital cafeterias or fast-food in between doctor visits and medical treatments.

Next time you go shopping at A&P, Pathmark, Shoprite, or Stop & Shop, pick up a grocery gift card so that a struggling family can enjoy a special holiday meal together. Call Denise Tredwell at 914-617-4052 to participate, or you can make a secure donation at, click on the purple “Click Here To Donate Now” button, and select “Easter/Passover” from the dropdown menu.

Friends of Karen is the only organization in the New York Tri-state area that provides vital, practical and comprehensive support, at no cost, to families caring for a child with a life-threatening illness, from diagnosis through treatment. Driven by compassion for families facing the most difficult experience imaginable, Friends of Karen’s services help free them of everyday needs and concerns, so they have more time to love.

Friends of Karen serves all qualified families without regard to race, religion, or national origin. For more information, visit or call 914-617-4040.
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