On November 6th 2003 Karen Van Dillen lost her fight with cancer, aged 44.

Spending time with family, talking, sharing, walking on the beach, were some of Karen’s most treasured memories.

In Karen’s memory “The Karen Cornelia Trust” has been established, (a charitable trust formed under the Charitable Trust Act 1957) with the vision of supporting families with cancer by providing positive and unique experiences to enhance their appreciation and enjoyment of life.

To enable other families the opportunity to have a special break away, the Trust has embarked on the “A House for Karen” project. The goal was to build a holiday home by the beach as a haven for families suffering with cancer.

The family would be provided with a very special experience on a “walk in, walk out” basis.

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