Community of Healing

Childhood Cancer Affects All of Us

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

End of Year Appeal - Emily's Story


Dear Childhood Cancer Community,

For years, cancer defined me. I was the kid that had trouble in school because I had short term memory issues. I was the kid that never grew because of my cancer surgeries.

Today, I am a 19 year-old with a love of cooking, writing poetry, and volunteering. Thanks to Candlelighters Scholarship Program, I am in my sophomore year at Portland State University and am proud of my 3.8 GPA.

My first experience with Candlelighters was when my family and I volunteered with the Candlelighters Doernbecher Dinner Program when I was in high school. It was eye opening to see how a simple dinner could bring people from all races, socio-economic backgrounds and different religious beliefs together and unite them in their fight against childhood cancer.

During my last year of high school, I wrote a paper on childhood cancer and how treatments affect children. Spending time understanding how cancer changed me, inspired me. I chose to attend college and study psychology in hopes of becoming a pediatric neuropsychologist.

Please give generously. Your gift matters.

With gratitude,
Emily Burgess

P.S. Thank you to The Henderson Family for matching all donations up to $5,000.