About the Foundation

The Karen Dove Cabral Foundation was founded in 2008 by the family and friends of Karen Dove Cabral, who passed away in 2007 after six years of living with breast cancer. See Karen's story by clicking here.

The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation dedicated solely to the needs of young mothers with breast cancer. Our assistance helps these mothers and their families as they struggle to coordinate the daily challenges of their treatment and their “real lives.” Our support comes from individual and corporate donors.

Click here to see a WTTW/Channel 11 video telling our story.  The piece was put together by award winning Senior Producer, Jay Shefsky. 

How We Help

The Foundation receives patient referrals from NorthShore University HealthSystem Kellogg Cancer Care Centers.  We provide assistance with non-covered medical expenses, childcare fees, transportation and lodging while a patient is undergoing treatment. These and similar expenses can add up quickly, placing an enormous burden on a family at a difficult time.  We help mothers on a case-by-case basis to identify unmet needs and relieve the burden.

Foundation News and Media Coverage

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, 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, 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.
















In loving honor and memory of
Karen Dove Cabral
~ 1971–2007 ~

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!