In June of 2000, Karen was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. In the fall and winter, she underwent treatments that were not successful. On Good Friday, 2001, she and her husband Tom struggled to accept the reality that the cancer had transformed into an acute lymphoma requiring aggressive, sometimes experimental treatment. Although there were hopeful indications at times, none of the treatments were successful.
Karen died August 2001 following a supremely courageous fifteen-month battle with leukemia and lymphoma.
Among many links, this website contains the “collected updates” about Karen’s condition (some written by Karen and her husband Tom), the readings and letters from her Healing Mass and her Memorial Mass, and a Guestbook signed with love and prayer by hundreds of dear friends.
A foundation was set up in Karen’s Name. Visit www.karencarnsfoundation.org for more information.