A Community of Hope
For Families with Childhood Cancer.

In 2021, over 200 local children and their families will hear the life-changing words, “You have cancer.” Because kids and families shouldn’t have to face pediatric cancer alone, Candlelighters is there, every step of the way. With financial support, in-hospital meals, family camp, support groups, scholarships, and activities Candlelighters families forge life-long bonds with other families facing the same thing.

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month! We invite everyone to tell your story, share a story, advocate and fundraise. Together, we will make a difference to local kids and families facing childhood cancer. We’re #StrongerTogether. Learn more, and get involved >>>

Who We Serve

Since 1977, Candlelighters has supported more than 85,000 family members across Oregon and SW Washington, and is still the only local organization that provides for the ENTIRE family throughout the life long journey of childhood cancer, from diagnosis through treatment and beyond.

How We Serve


October Parent & Caregiver Support Group

October Parent & Caregiver Support Group

Connecting with other parents who also have a child diagnosed with cancer is helpful. Join our online support group meetings, facilitated by Dr. Marianne Kabour. This will be a chance to meet other parents so that you can share your thoughts, stories, and concerns...


Layla the Warrior Princess

Layla the Warrior Princess

5 year old Layla was diagnosed with T-Cell ALL right before Thanksgiving 2020. Her mom, Sable, says "Layla has been resilient beyond expectations, and been the strongest little warrior princess. Her attitude has remained fairly positive despite some pretty low points....


Ride for a Child in the News

Ride for a Child in the News

Watch Jenny Hansson's interview with RFAC Chair David Leslie and past Chair Brandon Johnson about the 20th Ride for a Child, and the new way that riders will be communicating with Honored kids during this weekend's Tygh Valley Rally ride: Traditionally, Ride for a...

Fundraising EVENTS

Ride for a Child’s Legacy of 20 Years

Ride for a Child’s Legacy of 20 Years

This year, Ride for a Child, our biggest fundraising event of the year celebrates 20 years. It all began with founder Dick Hartung's pledge to honor his daughter Jill's life, a story that never ceases to inspire. "Our daughter Jill passed away in 1997 at the age of 9...




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 movies, reads the comics, collects the figures, and even wrote Marvel and received an honorary avenger badge. Alex loves 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 to honor his memory by making life brighter for kids with cancer. She and her family opened their farm to local families...

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 child. The Dr. was so kind. He told me to drive to Portland and be the first person in the Casey Eye Institute parking lot...

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 symptoms, yet this swollen lymph node was large and didn't go away. I was refused appointments with his pediatrician, who insisted...

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 diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) subtype b high risk. He is in long term maintenance and is expected to be off...

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 complaining that her back was hurting. It had been hot for a few days and she fell asleep on the hardwood floor with her dog, so I figured...

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