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About Candlelighters For Children With Cancer

Bravery, Courage, Integrity and Trust are the core values that guide Candlelighters for Children with Cancer. 

Who We Serve

Candlelighters provides support for families every step of the way from diagnosis through treatment and beyond, providing programs such as emergency financial assistance, an annual family camp, family activities, bereavement support, and a hospital meal program that offers comfort and support for families during a difficult journey. Through it all, we never charge families a dime – ever!​


Our mission is to provide a community of healing, hope, and light throughout the life-long journey of childhood cancer.


We focus on long-term partnerships and life-long relationships.

We are experts in whole-family support.

We build transformational relationships, not transactional support.

Candlelighters For Children With Cancer was founded in 1977 by five families who had one thing in common – a child impacted by cancer. 

At that time, no services existed to support families going through this  journey.  Through the years, local childrens’ hospitals and families have come to depend on Candlelighters community of support to help families with basic needs such as emergency financial aid, monthly family activities, in-hospital meals and a family camp to ensure that families have the support and resources they need.

Today, forty two years later, the organization has transformed and supported 90,000 family members through the crisis of childhood cancer. 

Tax Identification Number: 93-0682416

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