Community of Healing

Childhood Cancer Affects All of Us

We are very proud that 84 cents of every dollar donated to Candlelighters supports programs benefitting Candlelighters Families.

Candlelighters For Children With Cancer was founded in 1977 by five families in the midst of pediatric cancer. These families experienced firsthand the ways childhood cancer impacts all family members, and developed programs to serve families who came after them.


For 30 years, Candlelighters’ was volunteer led and driven. In 2007, the board hired a staff person to oversee volunteer service delivery and fundraising. This was a critical step toward ensuring viability and stronger service delivery. In 2015, Candlelighters opened its first office. Today, 4.5 employees and 350 volunteers provide a range of programs, focused on social and emotional care and financial assistance, in support of our mission: to provide a community of healing, hope and light throughout the life-long journey of childhood cancer. Programs are free, meet critical needs, and are accessible in emergencies. To date, we have served 85,000 individuals and are the only local organization focused on the WHOLE family. 


Welcome our new Director of Strategic Programming and Evaluation Kristin Burgoyne, MSSW.  She has a Masters of Science, Social Work.  She joins us from Americana Community Center where she served 5,000 individuals and families annually. She developed and expanded programs that enabled refugees, immigrants and low-income families to better integrate into the community and trained volunteers to implement new and existing programs.