The story: Karen Dove Cabral passed away in 2007 after 6 years of living with breast cancer. The following year, Karen’s husband and parents started the Karen Dove Cabral Foundation to assist other young mothers battling the disease.
Update: In January, 2011, the foundation presented the Kellogg Cancer Center with a donation of $50,000 to help young mothers. Here is an article about the donation. If you want to support their efforts, you can find out more on their website. Their next “Butterfly Ball” fund-raiser will be in September 2011.
Behind the story: Karen’s father Bob Dove worked at Channel 11 for many many years until retiring last year. Many of us followed the family’s ups and downs as Karen battled cancer with such strength, energy and optimism. After she died in 2007, leaving two young sons, we began to hear about this remarkable foundation the family was creating. The purpose is to help young mothers handle the additional expenses not covered by insurance, like childcare, a health club membership, or acupuncture and other alternative therapies.