The Karen Dove Cabral Foundation


When a young woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, the demands of the disease can take over her life: surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, recovery, recurrence. How does a woman with a family manage everyday responsibilities — while at the same time dealing with the myriad of challenges confronting her as a patient?

The Karen Dove Cabral Foundation is dedicated to improving quality of life for the young breast cancer patient raising a family while balancing the unpredictable challenges of their illness.

Our Mission

The Foundation provides financial assistance to young women with breast cancer. We strive to assist daily unmet needs such as integrative medicine, pain medications, childcare, oral chemo, or hotel and travel expenses. Our passion is to assist breast cancer mothers so they can live their lives each day to the fullest.

Our Vision

Our goal is to increase the number of breast cancer patients we help each year, making a real difference in the lives of mothers and their families.

Our Story

Click here to view a video telling the story of how our foundation got started and what we are doing to help young mothers with breast cancer.  The piece was put together by WTTW's award winning Senior Producer, Jay Shefsky. 

Foundation News

The Karen Dove Cabral Foundation continues to reach out to organizations for grant support and has received funding from The Woman's Club of Evanston, Genentech USA, Inc, First Bank & Trust of Evanston, Allstate Foundation, and The MathWorks, Inc.  We are energized by these affirmations of our mission.

Our foundation has received recognition and support for our work from Today's Chicago Woman, Whole Foods, Marie Claire, and NorthShore University HealthSystem.  We are most grateful for their assistance.