Family Camp

Where Memories Are Made

Every year since 1995 during Labor Day weekend, we have hosted Candlelighters Family Camp for Candlelighters family members in Eugene, OR. It is an incredible three days filled with laughter, play, connecting, love and healing. Our families come together and get the opportunity to experience the magic of Family Camp while horseback riding, zip lining, swimming, riding go karts and bumper boats, attending campfires, and so much more! It is a great weekend for families to come and create memories. 
Candlelighters Family Camp is offered to children diagnosed with cancer and their families.  Attendance is 100% free of charge ensuring that all families who are interested in having the Family Camp experience can participate regardless of socioeconomic status or trying to balance medical bills during treatment.  
What makes Candlelighters Family Camp unique is that the experience is for the entire family.  Parents, siblings and even the child living with cancer enjoy a weekend where the worries of treatments and associated struggles are left behind. 

2017 Review

Family Camp 2017 was one for the history books! We celebrated our 40th anniversary while we were at Camp, and were able to serve upwards of 325 family members.

Our weekend was filled with go carts, swimming, treats, campfires, horseback riding, zip lining, rock wall climbing, making friendships, crafts, adventures, and oh so much more. Even when plans changed slightly due to the smokey air, our families were resilient as always, and made the best of it! To our returning families, thank you for making Camp special again, and to our first time families, we are so happy you got to experience the magic. We are thrilled you were all a part of an amazing weekend that filled our hearts. We are already counting down the days until next year!! 

We could not have made Camp happen without the help of our amazing volunteers and supporters: Cami Nicoll, Lauren Swart, Olivia Bushnell, Andie Taylor, Tami Taylor, Sydney Green, Sage Toomey, Kevin Henderson, Kristine Nguyen, Gillian Bergmann, Blake Hakkila, Eddie Reyes, Lauren Held, Emma Moss, Rachel Griffith, Ramon Lopez, Maria Valdez, Ellen Worsham, Diana O'Bryan, Glenda Costain, Elliott O'Bryan, West Albany Booster Club, Donna Young, Mary Lou and Larry Bradley, Robyn Thompson, Darcy Davis, Marianne Kabour, Lauren Jones, and Mason Jones. And to our incredible staff: Jeanette Henning, Tony Le, Chris Faust, Shawntel Roth, Diane Parker, Noel Maldonado - thank you as well! The Duncan Family and the Farrar Family were incredible host families at Camp and we also could not have made Family Camp happen without the partnership of Camp Harlow and its amazing staff (Alli Beckham and Mike Bothman!!!). 

A Special Thank You to Juan Young Trust, Robert D. & Marcia H. Randall Charitable Trust, and The Henderson Family.