Port Jefferson, NY, June 13, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- The John and Janet Kornreich Charitable Foundation has pledged $525,000 to Friends of Karen. The gift, commencing in 2014 and spread out over a five year period, will provide the resources needed to reach and help even more families across Long Island caring for a child with cancer or another life-threatening illness.
“Friends of Karen’s partnership with John and Janet will help strengthen our program by ensuring that no family will have to make this difficult journey alone,” said Nancy Mariano, Regional Director of the organization, which has assisted more than 13,000 children since 1978. “Their philanthropic kindness in our Long Island communities is a genuine testament to humanity.”
The Kornreichs’ donation serves as the single largest gift to Friends of Karen from any Long Island donor. The funds will have an immediate impact on families navigating and managing their daily lives when confronted with a child’s life-threatening illness. Additionally, the money will provide direct financial support for medically-related expenses and a Sibling Support Specialist to assist the brothers and sisters of the critically-ill child.
"Our foundation has long strived to support families with a child with a catastrophic illness," said Mr. Kornreich. "Because of its long-established service and reputation in that area, Friends of Karen fit perfectly into our foundation's mission."
Friends of Karen began in 1978 when family friends came to the aid of a couple and their 16-year-old daughter, Karen, who was terminally ill. A fund-raising campaign for medical and other costs enabled Karen to spend her precious last days at home surrounded by loving family and friends. More than 36 years later, Friends of Karen has expanded to a tri-state children’s charity that serves families with a child from birth to age 21 who is diagnosed with cancer or another life-threatening illness. The need for their services continues every day.