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A Community of Hope


For Families with Childhood Cancer


Each year, hundreds of children in Oregon and Washington will hear, “You have cancer,” words that no child or 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 For Children With Cancer is there, every step of the way, to support the whole family. We offer families diagnosed with childhood cancer in Oregon and SW Washington practical assistance, and ways to connect. Above all, families create life-long bonds with others experiencing the pediatric cancer. Whether you are a family looking for help or community, or a donor looking to give time or funding, we welcome you to 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


February Parent & Caregiver Support Group

February Parent & Caregiver Support Group

This will be a chance to meet other parents and caregivers so that you can share your thoughts, stories, and concerns relating to childhood cancer. If there’s a specific topic you would like to address, please send it ahead of time. All parents and caregivers are...


Three Years Later: An Update on Jared

Three Years Later: An Update on Jared

The Thull family has been through quite a few challenges the past couple of years since we profiled them in Family That Shines. Along with COVID and Jared's cancer treatments, wildfires and home evacuation were also part of their world. When Jared's mom, Nicole posted...


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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