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.

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


August Parent & Caregiver Support Group

August 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...


New Ways to Shop for Families in the Hospital

New Ways to Shop for Families in the Hospital

Candlelighters Snack Cupboard at OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital is for families on 10 South who need a snack or ready to eat meal. When they’re up all night with no other food options, this is a huge help for tummies and budgets. We make regular trips to Costco...


Welcome New Executive Director

Welcome New Executive Director

Help us welcome our new Executive Director, Sarah Breece. Over the last few months, Candlelighters For Children With Cancer has been searching for a new Executive Director. The Candlelighters staff banded together during this transitional time while the Board...

Fundraising EVENTS

Register for Ride for a Child 2021!

Register for Ride for a Child 2021!

We are thrilled to invite you to register for Ride For A Child 2021! We hope you'll join us for another amazing year of riding and fundraising for local families facing childhood cancer. Once again, we have options for all levels of riders. You can ride outdoors or...




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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