We support families who have kids with cancer
We support the entire family - When cancer interrupts a child’s life, it deeply impacts the entire family. Our mission is to serve not only the child, but also each family member through the months and yeas of treatment and beyond. Established in 1977, Candlelighters For Children With Cancer has programs, services and activities throughout the entire state of Oregon and SW Washington.
Our programs and services provide support every step of the way - Candlelighters provides Emergency Financial Assistance to parents of children in treatment and toys and gift cards to young patients after particularly rough procedures; we serve lunches and dinners at Randall and Doernbecher Children’s Hospitals, have weekly Snack Cart services and provide in-hospital food pantries to feed hungry patients and parents night or day. Outside the hospital we build community among the families we serve through our bi-monthly newsletter, monthly family activities, tickets to special events, parent and family education and support groups and our signature 3-day Candlelighters Family Camp. We also provide bereavement services, including support groups, family activities, a special Bereavement Camp, and funeral funds, if needed.
The demand for services is great - Nearly 200 new children and teens are diagnosed with cancer at Doernbecher and Randall Children’s Hospitals each year. As many as 1,000 children and teens may be in treatment at any given time. Our organization supports children and teens from age 0 – 21 diagnosed with cancer. Candlelighters is actively serving more than 1,100 families in different ways throughout the year.
There is no charge for any Candlelighters program, service or activity – ever. The emotional toll to these families in our community is devastating. The financial toll of medical bills can feel insurmountable. Candlelighters is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is not affiliated with any national chapter nor receives any kind of government funding. We rely solely on contributions from individual and corporate donors, grants and community fundraisers like the Barn Bash to fund our services.
Your help is needed - The goal of Candlelighters is for every child diagnosed with cancer in Oregon and SW Washington – and every family member – to feel supported by us. By supporting The Barn Bash and The Party With A Purpose Foundation, you can have a direct impact on the lives of families in your community and make it possible for Candlelighters to continue the important work we do.