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A Community of Hope


For Families with Childhood Cancer


In 2021, over 200 local children will hear, “You have cancer.” These are words that no family is ever prepared for. The result can leave families feeling isolated and afraid. But kids and families don’t have to face childhood cancer alone. Candlelighters is there, every step of the way, with help when families need it the most. We offer families practical assistance, and ways to connect. Above all, families create life-long bonds with others experiencing the same. Join our community of hope!

Who We Serve

Since 1977, Candlelighters has supported more than 85,000 family members across Oregon and SW Washington. We understand that when a child is diagnosed with cancer, it affects each family member differently. That’s why we develop programs that serve the whole family throughout the life long journey of childhood cancer, from diagnosis through treatment and beyond.

How We Serve


Time of Remembrance for Bereaved Families

Time of Remembrance for Bereaved Families

Join other families for some snacks, crafts, and a chance to connect with other bereaved families who understand and have walked in similar shoes. We will be honoring and remembering our children in a meaningful way. December 18th, 2021 12 pm- 1:30 pm The Barn at the...


Meet Bryson

Meet Bryson

"Bryson's dimples are what we call "lady killer dimples" and he has all the nurses wrapped around his fingers because of them," says his mom. It's easy to see why! 5 year old Bryson was diagnosed with brain cancer last February. Here, his mom, Janna shares more about...


We’re Hiring!

We’re Hiring!

Candlelighters is hiring an Administrative Associate! Come join our fun, professional and passionate staff in the Portland area. If you are interested, or you know someone who is qualified, please send them our way. Find the job posting and instructions for applying...

Fundraising EVENTS




The Perkins Family

14 year old Alex is a die hard San Francisco 49r fan, whose favorite player is Jimmy Garoppolo. Alex loves anything Marvel. He watches all the...

Healing on the Farm

  After her son Julian was diagnosed with childhood cancer in 2019 and died in 2020, Jennifer Bridges, founder of Embrace Compassion, decided...

McCormick Family

I had never heard of retinoblastoma until I was sitting with an ophthalmologist with Derek, then 1, while 36 weeks 5 days pregnant with my second...

Simpson Wight Family

“In November of 2014, I noticed my 8 year old son Robert, had a swollen lymph node of the side of his neck. He felt fine and had no other...

Thull Family

Jared was 11 years old when he got sick. Just about to graduate from 5th grade. It took some time to get a diagnosis. June 18, 2018, he was...

Gunsaulis Family

  Our story is like most others. You never think it can happen to “your” child. Ashlynn had just turned 4 years old and was...

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