Simply Friends Forever, based in New Albany, is a new nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting families of children undergoing long-term medical treatment.

Simply Friends Forever, based in New Albany, is a new nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting families of children undergoing long-term medical treatment.

The group will sponsor a free community event from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at Thompson Park, 5600 Thompson Road.

Community members are invited to learn more about Simply Friends Forever and enjoy such activities as pumpkin painting, face painting and a balloon artist.

Simply Friends Forever provides and monitors a friendship between a young adult and each child undergoing treatment, as well as providing home-cooked meals for families. Fundraising efforts will offer financial support to provide families with rental cars, hotel stays and holiday need, for example. Additional funds will be donated to pediatric cancer research.