Karen has been a volunteer Director for Kidney Cancer Canada for the Maritimes since 2008. She is responsible for patient support, community development, patient meetings and webcast hosting as well as advocating for equal access to drug treatment. She works to increase awareness of Kidney Cancer Canada as an organization and has also advocated for the need for a catastrophic drug programme in New Brunswick. Karen was caregiver for her husband David from his diagnosis of kidney cancer in August, 2000 until his passing in June, 2012. She has had 18 years of learning about and dealing with kidney cancer firsthand. Karen continues to work with Kidney Cancer Canada in the quest to create awareness about kidney cancer as a significant health issue in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador as well as across Canada.