A Community of Hope

for Families with Childhood Cancer

Each year, hundreds of families in Oregon and Washington receive a childhood cancer diagnosis. Families fighting childhood cancer can feel isolated and afraid.

But there is hope for kids and families with childhood cancer.

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 lifelong bonds with others experiencing 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

We understand that when a child is diagnosed with cancer, it affects each family member differently.

That’s why we develop programs and services for the whole family throughout the lifelong journey of childhood cancer, from diagnosis through treatment and beyond.

Since 1977, Candlelighters has supported nearly 100,000 family members across Oregon and SW Washington. If your family is facing pediatric cancer, you don’t have to walk alone. Join us.

How We Serve

August Bereavement Support Group

August Bereavement Support Group

New Bereavement Support Group Candlelighters is here for families throughout the journey of childhood cancer, and that includes a consistent, safe space of support for those who have lost a child to pediatric cancer. Meeting and getting to know other families...

Scholarship Recipients 2022-2023

Scholarship Recipients 2022-2023

Drum roll please - we are excited to announce three new Candlelighters Scholarship recipients for the 2022-2023 academic year! Congratulations to: Grace Ujifusa from Happy Valley, OR.. Grace’s intended field of study is history, and she is in the process of deciding...

Spark hope for families facing childhood cancer.

Spark hope for families facing childhood cancer.

If you're reading this, you've probably been affected by childhood cancer.  Sharing your experience can make a big difference to other families, just like someone else inspired enough hope for you to keep going during the toughest of times. We believe in the power of...

Golf to Give 2022

Golf to Give 2022

Golf to Give 2022 Update: A Few Spots Left! The Golf to Give Challenge is a fundraising golf tournament that focuses on raising funds for Candlelighters while also having a great time. Back this year - Golf to Give will drop up to 1000 golf balls from a helicopter...

Families That Shine

The Poirier Family

Meet the Mills-Poirier Family of Albany. They are right in between  Portland and Mid-Willamette Valley, so we get to see them at both Portland and...

The Santillan Family

Three-year-old Tatiana and her mom, Juana, like to eat, cook, and watch movies together. Her favorite toys are Minnie Mouse, Frozen, and unicorns....

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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