The Karen Dove Cabral Foundation

 When the diagnosis is breast cancer, where can a young mother turn when she has no family nearby to help with childcare and other necessary support?

What happens when insurance won't pay for vital medications, healing therapies, or critically important services?


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

The Karen Dove Cabral Foundation steps in to improve quality of life for the young breast cancer patient in need, striving to raise a family while balancing the unpredictable challenges of her illness.

Our Story

CLICK HERE to see a 5 minute video telling the story of how this foundation got started and what we do to help young mothers with breast cancer.  This presentation was put together by WTTW's award winning Senior Producer, Jay Shefsky. Thank you, Jay!

Our Mission

The Foundation provides financial assistance to financially challenged young women with breast cancer. We strive to provide access to 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 families.

We thank these generous supporters!

The Karen Dove Cabral Foundation continues to reach out to organizations for grants and support. We have received funding from: AT&T, Allstate Insurance, Byline Bank, CTS Financial Group, Central High School of Burlington IL, Edge Volleyball Club, First Bank & Trust Evanston, Genentech USA, Inc, Illinois Bone and Joint Institute LLC, Lyons Township H. S. of LaGrange IL, The MathWorks, Inc., The Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem, Northview Bank & Trust (a Wintrust bank) Schaefer's Wine, Food, & Spirits, Trustmark Foundation, and Woman's Club of Evanston. We are energized by these affirmations of our mission.

Our foundation has received recognition and publicity for our work from Today's Chicago Woman, Whole Foods, Marie Claire, Make it Better, and NorthShore University HealthSystem.  We are most grateful for the raising of awareness they have provided.


We are there with financial help for mothers in need dealing with breast cancer.

We fill the gaps: 

• oral chemotherapy • child care

• pain medication • housekeeping

• meals • healing therapies

• transportation • and more…

You Can Make a

Big Difference!



Thank you!