Community of Healing

Childhood Cancer Affects All of Us

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.