Friends Of Karen Grows To Help More Families In Stamford

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Trish and Eric Lobenfeld hosted a meeting to kick off a Friends of Karen outreach community initiative.
Trish and Eric Lobenfeld hosted a meeting to kick off a Friends of Karen outreach community initiative. Photo Credit: Contributed
Friends of Karen’s Family Support Program Director Rhonda Ryan (Brookfield), left, and Executive Director Judith Factor, right, with guest Lynn Bahnken (Greenwich).
Friends of Karen’s Family Support Program Director Rhonda Ryan (Brookfield), left, and Executive Director Judith Factor, right, with guest Lynn Bahnken (Greenwich). Photo Credit: Contributed
Guests Terri O’Hara (Wilton) and Jan Schechter (Danbury).
Guests Terri O’Hara (Wilton) and Jan Schechter (Danbury). Photo Credit: Contributed
Friends of Karen’s board President Pam Hervey with guests Frank and Karen Elmasry.
Friends of Karen’s board President Pam Hervey with guests Frank and Karen Elmasry. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – The children’s charity Friends of Karen is expanding its outreach in to Fairfield County, with a New Canaan family hosting a kickoff meeting.

Friends of Karen provides vital, practical and comprehensive support free of charge to families caring for a child with cancer or other life-threatening illness.

“We work closely with Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, and the number of Connecticut families we’re helping has quadrupled in the last three years,” says Judith Factor, Friends of Karen’s executive director. “We want to be a resource for every family that needs us.”

New Canaan residents Trish and Eric Lobenfeld hosted a meeting to kick off an outreach initiative to better serve families in Connecticut.

“The emotional disruption of having a catastrophically ill child is more than anyone should ever have to deal with alone,” said Trish Lobenfeld, a member of Friends of Karen board of directors. “Friends of Karen is there to help with basic day-to-day necessities that all too often can’t be met due to financial and time management constraints.”

Friends of Karen serves families in Fairfield, Middlesex and New Haven counties as well as northern New Jersey, New York City and surrounding counties.

For questions about the outreach committee, call Factor at 914-617-4041. For more information about Friends of Karen, visit its website.

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